Differences between older adult volunteers and non-volunteers in depression and self-efficacy

Helmes, Edward, and Govindan, Anita (2007) Differences between older adult volunteers and non-volunteers in depression and self-efficacy. Australian Journal on Volunteering, 12 (2). pp. 30-36.

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High levels of self-efficacy are associated with successfully handling stressful situations and increased confidence and independence. This study explored whether self-efficacy was also related to volunteering among older adults. Levels of self-efficacy and depression were contrasted among 87 older volunteers and 84 non-volunteers on measures of self-efficacy, depression, years of education and age. The study hypothesis was that self-efficacy and depression would be the most salient measures in discriminating between volunteers and non-volunteers. The results found that self-efficacy, depression and age all discriminated significantly between volunteers and non-volunteers. The present study highlights the importance volunteering may have in fostering self-efficacy in older people, and while exploratory in nature, it has important implications for promoting independent functioning in later life and improving the quality of life of older people.

Item ID: 2917
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-0246
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2009 04:16
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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