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Health outcomes and volunteering: the moderating role of religiosity
Social Indicators Research (2013)
  • Lindsey McDougle, University of Pennsylvania
  • Femida Handy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sara Konrath, University of Michigan
  • Marlene Walk, University of Pennsylvania
In this paper, we examine whether and what extent public and private forms of religiosity act as moderators of the volunteering and well-being relationship in mid- to later- life. We use data from the second wave of the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (n = 1,805). We analyzed the relationships between volunteering and indicators of well-being (self-rated physical and mental health), and tested the moderating effects of public and private religiosity on the volunteering and well-being relationship. Our findings suggest that salubrious effects of volunteering on the self-perceived physical and mental health of middle- aged and older- aged adults varied by their participation in different forms of religiosity. In particular, volunteers who engaged in more public forms of religiosity reported significantly better physical and mental health than non-volunteers who engaged in these forms of religiosity. In other words, individuals who were actively engaged public forms of religious practices and who volunteered,maximized the associated health benefits.
  • Volunteering,
  • Religiosity,
  • Health Outomes,
  • Social Indicators of Health
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Lindsey McDougle, Femida Handy, Sara Konrath and Marlene Walk. "Health outcomes and volunteering: the moderating role of religiosity" Social Indicators Research (2013)
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