Presentation Type

Poster

Keywords

Psychology, volunteerism, self-esteem

Department

Psychology

Major

Psychology

Abstract

While prior studies have found a relationship between volunteerism and self-esteem, results are inconclusive for college students. The current study examined students attending a small, private, Christian liberal arts college to determine whether students who engage in volunteer activities with direct contact with the individuals they are serving would report higher levels of self-esteem. Results indicated that there was no significant difference between the amount of direct contact a participant engaged in at his/her volunteer site and his/her self-esteem. However, results demonstrated that females report higher levels of direct contact at their volunteer sites and are more likely to report that their volunteer experience was rewarding compared to males.

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Harriger

Funding Source or Research Program

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative

Location

Waves Cafeteria, Tyler Campus Center

Start Date

21-3-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

21-3-2014 3:00 PM

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Psychology Commons

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Mar 21st, 2:00 PM Mar 21st, 3:00 PM

Volunteer Activities and Self-Esteem

Waves Cafeteria, Tyler Campus Center

While prior studies have found a relationship between volunteerism and self-esteem, results are inconclusive for college students. The current study examined students attending a small, private, Christian liberal arts college to determine whether students who engage in volunteer activities with direct contact with the individuals they are serving would report higher levels of self-esteem. Results indicated that there was no significant difference between the amount of direct contact a participant engaged in at his/her volunteer site and his/her self-esteem. However, results demonstrated that females report higher levels of direct contact at their volunteer sites and are more likely to report that their volunteer experience was rewarding compared to males.