Need Satisfaction Mechanism Linking Volunteer Motivation and Life Satisfaction: A Mediation Study of Volunteers Subjective Well-Being

Yan Yuen Kwok, Wing Hong Chui, Lok Ping Wong

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Abstract

A mediation model explaining volunteers' subjective well-being was tested in this paper. It examined the effect of intrinsic motivation on volunteers' life satisfaction, using the need satisfaction experienced through volunteering as an intervening variable. A questionnaire was administered to 443 participants, not all of whom had previous experience of volunteering. Mediation analysis suggested a path from intrinsic motivation to volunteers' life satisfaction through the need satisfaction experienced during volunteering. Neither volunteer participation per se nor extrinsic motivation was related to life satisfaction. The roles of motivation and need satisfaction in volunteers' life satisfaction were identified, with implications for future volunteer programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1315-1329
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume114
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hong Kong Chinese
  • Life satisfaction
  • Mediation model
  • Motivation
  • Volunteerism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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