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Title: Using normative theory to explain the effect of religion and education on volunteering
Authors: Son, J. 
Wilson, J.
Keywords: Education
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Source: Son, J.,Wilson, J. (2012-09). Using normative theory to explain the effect of religion and education on volunteering. Sociological Perspectives 55 (3) : 473-499. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Many studies have found that volunteers tend to be more religious and better educated, but it is not clear why. One explanation is that churches and schools instill a sense of obligation in people to help others and this obligation is fulfilled by doing volunteer work. In this study data from National Survey of Midlife in the United States are used to examine the influence of education and having been raised in a religious home on adults' sense of obligation and subsequent volunteering. Religious background has no direct effect on sense of obligation. However, it exerts an influence on obligation through private (but not public) adult religiosity. Education has both direct and indirect effects (through obligations) on adult volunteering. The results underline the fact that social norms should not be ignored in explanations of volunteerism. © 2012 by Pacific Sociological Association.
Source Title: Sociological Perspectives
ISSN: 07311214
DOI: 10.1525/sop.2012.55.3.473
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