A Functional Analysis of Secondary School Students’Motives for Volunteering
George I. Whitehead, III, Andrew P. Kitzrow, Thomas A. Taylor
DOI: 10.4236/psych.2011.21010   PDF   HTML     5,732 Downloads   10,686 Views   Citations


This investigation examined whether or not a functional analysis was useful in understanding the motives for secondary school students’ motives for volunteering. Specifically, we coded comments from fifteen student interviews into the following five functions: value-expressive, social-adjustive, ego-defensive, knowledge, and social-affirming. We calculated the percentages of students whose responses included each of the five functions and found that the students’ responses were consistent with a functional analysis. The implication of these findings for the creation of a Volunteer Functions Inventory for students is discussed.

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Whitehead, III, G. , Kitzrow, A. & Taylor, T. (2011). A Functional Analysis of Secondary School Students’Motives for Volunteering. Psychology, 2, 60-61. doi: 10.4236/psych.2011.21010.

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