Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1573-7861.2012.01340.x
Title: Volunteer Work and Hedonic, Eudemonic, and Social Well-Being
Authors: Son, J. 
Wilson, J.
Keywords: Hedonic, eudemonic, social well-being
Longitudinal analysis
Mental health
Volunteering
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Source: Son, J., Wilson, J. (2012-09). Volunteer Work and Hedonic, Eudemonic, and Social Well-Being. Sociological Forum 27 (3) : 658-681. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1573-7861.2012.01340.x
Abstract: Using two waves of panel data from the National Survey of Midlife in the United States (MIDUS), we examine the relationship between volunteer work and three dimensions of well-being: hedonic (e.g., positive mood), eudemonic (e.g., purpose in life), and social (e.g., feeling of belonging to the community). We test for the effects of volunteering measured as a binary and a continuous variable. Results show that volunteering enhances eudemonic and social well-being (but not hedonic well-being) although the number of hours contributed makes no difference. Conversely, people who have greater hedonic, eudemonic, and social well-being are more likely to volunteer and, in the case of hedonic and eudemonic well-being, volunteer more hours. © 2012 Eastern Sociological Society.
Source Title: Sociological Forum
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52461
ISSN: 08848971
DOI: 10.1111/j.1573-7861.2012.01340.x
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