Long-Term Effects of Role-Model Volunteering on Young Adults

Sharon A Kukla-Acevedo, Sharon Ann Kukla Acevedo, Emma Powell

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Children look up to their parents and often emulate their behaviors. We build upon prior work documenting an association between simultaneous parental and child volunteering and ask<br>instead if there is a long-term role-modeling effect for youth as children age into adulthood? We use socialization theory and dominant status theory to motivate our hypotheses and use data from several Panel Study of Income Dynamics modules (COPPS, CDS, TA) to operationalize our models. We find consistent evidence that the role-modeling effect experienced in childhood<br>persists into young adulthood. Further, the effect is strongest among children raised in households with more financial resources and among young adults who have higher incomes, themselves. This work also indicates that the parental role-modeling effect is distinct from a young adult’s previous volunteering tendencies during their adolescence. These findings have implications for organizations aiming to sustain their volunteer rosters over time.<br><br>
Original languageEnglish
StateIn preparation - 1800


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