Informal volunteering and socialization effects: Examining modelling and encouragement by parents and partner
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SourceVoluntas. International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, (2021)
27 januari 2021
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Voluntas. International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
SubjectInequality Cohesion Rationalization; Ongelijkheid Cohesie Rationalisatie
Informal volunteering is seen as an important indicator of social relations and community life. We therefore investigate the impact of various socialization practices on informal volunteering, being small helping behaviours outside of organizations for people outside the household. From theoretical notions on socialization, we hypothesize that experiencing extensive prosocial socialization practices promotes informal volunteering. We examine socialization processes of both modelling and encouragement and consider two socializing agents: parents and partners. We test our expectations employing the sixth wave of the Family Survey Dutch Population (N = 2464) that included unique measures on socialization as well as informal volunteering and holds important control variables. Our results indicated that parental modelling, partner modelling and partner encouragement were all positively related to informal volunteering, but that parental encouragement was not significantly related to informal volunteering. Our paper, thus, underscores that socialization practices are relevant in nurturing social relations and community life.
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