Students’ Willingness for Future Volunteering in Hong Kong

Wai Hang Ling, Wing Hong Chui

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Volunteering is playing an increasingly bigger role in social services and schools both in Western settings and in the Hong Kong Chinese context. The demand for volunteers in the sector of social services is continually increasing (Sherr 2008). Little is known about the willingness of secondary school students to participate in future volunteering in Hong Kong. This study attempts to explore the phenomenon of youth volunteering through the theory of planned behavior and Personal and Social Responsibility, and identifies prior experience in community service as a main predictor of the willingness of the students to participate in future volunteering. A total of 1046 students from seven secondary schools in Hong Kong completed a structured questionnaire. Social workers, teachers, and volunteer managers could benefit from this study as they could foster students’ willingness to volunteer after graduation by actively engaging them in community service programs early on in a specific time in their life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2311-2329
Number of pages19
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Community services
  • Continuation of volunteering
  • Personal and social responsibility
  • Secondary school
  • Theory of planned behavior
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Strategy and Management


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