The relationship between volunteering, college students and their wellbeing
The study aims to examine the interaction between time spent volunteering, the age of college students (aged between 18 and 30) and their psychological wellbeing.
The study investigated volunteering, psychological well being and college aged students. There is a lack of research in the link between volunteering, college aged students and psychological well being. The aim of the study was to examine the interaction between time spent volunteering, the age of college students and their effect on the college student’s psychological well-being. 95 college students aged between 18 and 30 from IADT were recruited as participants. The two independent variables were hours per week and spent volunteering and the age of the college students. Each independent variable was split into two levels;; 0-5 hours per week or 5-10 hours per week and college students aged between 18 and 24 and college students aged between 25 and 30. A two way between groups ANOVA was carried out to investigate the interaction between the voluntary hours, age and psychological well being. The results found an interaction exists but the interaction is not statistically significant (p=.059). The interaction is strong however and with an increased sample size, a statistically significant interaction effect may have been found. This finding is in accordance with research that suggests older people respond more positively psychologically as they devote more hours to altruistic work.
The findings indicated that college student volunteers aged between 25 and 30 will respond psychologically better than 18-24 year olds when they volunteer more time to altruistic work. A greater number of participants would likely to provide a future study with a significant result but a strong interaction between volunteering, college aged students and psychological wellbeing was found.