The Volunteer Satisfaction Index: A Validation Study in the Chinese Cultural Context

Lok Ping Wong, Wing Hong Chui, Yan Yuen Kwok

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Using a Hong Kong-sourced sample of 261 participants, this study set out to validate the Volunteer Satisfaction Index (VSI) in the Chinese cultural context and to evaluate its psychometric properties. The VSI was originally developed by Galindo-Kuhn and Guzley (2001) to measure the outcomes of volunteer experiences. In this study, exploratory factor analysis (EFA) yielded a different factor structure from that proposed by the scale developer. The three factors found were personal gain, relationship within organization and relationship with peers. Cronbach's alpha values were high for all three subscales. Results from correlation and regression analysis also confirmed the construct and criterion-related validity of the scale. Thus, the reliability and validity of the scale were confirmed. Implications for the assessment of volunteer satisfaction and further directions for cross-cultural studies on related topics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-32
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Hong Kong
  • Scale validation
  • Volunteer motivation
  • Volunteer satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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