Title

Development of a scale assessing retired older adults’ attitudes to volunteering

Author Identifier

Robert U Newton

ORCID : 0000-0003-0302-6129

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Australasian Journal on Ageing

Volume

40

Issue

3

First Page

e254

Last Page

e261

Publisher

Wiley

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences / Exercise Medicine Research Institute / Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research

RAS ID

35529

Funders

Australian Research Council

Grant Number

ARC Number : DP140100365

Grant Link

http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140100365

Comments

Dana, L. M., Jongenelis, M. I., Jackson, B., Newton, R. U., & Pettigrew, S. (2021). Development of a scale assessing retired older adults’ attitudes to volunteering. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 40(3), e254-e261. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12907

Abstract

Objective: Given positive attitudes to volunteering are likely to be associated with support for volunteering and individual participation, this study aimed to develop and test a 10-item ‘attitudes to formal volunteering’ scale for retired older adults that could be used to inform intervention efforts. Method: A sample of 801 Australian retirees (62% female; mean age: 71.9 years) completed a survey that included the attitude scale, demographic items and questions assessing engagement in volunteering. Results: A principal component analysis identified two factors (general attitude to volunteering and attitude to participating in volunteering) that together accounted for 64% of the variance in attitude scores. A confirmatory factor analysis indicated the two-factor model was an excellent fit to the data. Cronbach's alphas for both factors were > 0.80, and both were positively associated with volunteering engagement. Conclusion: The proposed scale is a potentially useful instrument for measuring attitudes to volunteering among retired older adults.

DOI

10.1111/ajag.12907

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Research Themes

Health

Priority Areas

Exercise, nutrition, lifestyle and other interventions for optimal health across the lifespan

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