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Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, ISSN: 2320-0227,Vol.: 2, Issue.: 1 (January-June)


The Effects of Senior Volunteering – How Does Volunteering of the Elderly Influence Their Individual and Social life? (A Qualitative Research Study of Slovak Elderly Volunteers)


Lukas Pavelek1*

1Department of Health, University of Trnava and Social Work, Slovakia.

Article Information


(1) William Ebomoyi, Department of Health Studies, College of Health Sciences, Chicago State University, USA.


(1) Francis G. Caro, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.

(2) Anonymous.

(3) Anonymous.

(4) Anonymous.

Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/957


Aims: To find effects, motivation and barriers of senior volunteering in Slovak republic. To evaluate the impact on health, individual and social life of the elderly.
Study Design: Grounded theory (according to Strauss & Corbin’s approach).
Place and Duration of Study: The municipal district of Trnava, Slovak republic, between November 2009 and September 2010.
Methodology: The research sample consisted of fifteen senior volunteers and fifteen volunteer coordinators or representatives of non-profit organizations working with volunteers. The volunteers were located in the municipal district of Trnava (Slovak republic), the coordinators were chosen from all-over the country. The sampling method used was snowball sampling and the method used for data collecting was a semi-standardized interview. This data were complemented with various other textual data sources, such as documents from the NGO’s (formal and informal), electronic documents and e-mail conversations. All the collected data were analyzed with the software Atlas.ti according to the open and axial coding processes of the grounded theory approach.
Results: Open and axial coding procedures helped to develop the paradigmal model of the process of senior volunteering.
Conclusion: The findings support the thesis that volunteering in a higher age can significantly improve the individual life of seniors, although many barriers and obstacles were identified too.

Keywords :

Older people; volunteering; non-profit organizations; motivation; barriers.

Full Article - PDF    Page 133-144

DOI : 10.9734/JSRR/2013/2396

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