Quotation Willems, Jurgen, Walk, Marlene. 2013. Assigning volunteer tasks: The relation between task preferences and functional motives of youth volunteers. Children and Youth Services Review. 35 (6), 1030-1040.




In this paper we aim to explore the relationship between volunteer motives and task preferences in order to provide volunteer managers with better insight in how tasks can be assigned to keep youth volunteers satisfied. Earlier seminal contributions have either taken a pure functional approach – where various types of motives are supposed to be at the base of any type of volunteer work – or a differentiated approach, where particular motives relate to specific task preferences. However, empirical results reported in the literature do not justify the preference of one approach above the other. To investigate whether one of the approaches is superior, or whether a combination of both is more appropriate, we perform a canonical correlation analysis for a set of functional motives and a set of task preferences (N = 2158). Five distinct relationships (canonical variate pairs) of motives and preferences are found. Results show that a ‘functional basis’ exists where all motives relate to a basic set of tasks. Additionally, a more differentiated approach towards volunteer motives and task preferences has to be taken, as we find four other relationships where specific motives are satisfied by assigning particular sets of tasks.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Children and Youth Services Review
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Assigning volunteer tasks: The relation between task preferences and functional motives of youth volunteers
Volume 35
Number 6
Year 2013
Page from 1030
Page to 1040
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236734570_Assigning_volunteer_tasks_The_Relation_between_task_preferences_and_functional_motives_of_youth_vol
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.03.010
Open Access N


Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Walk, Marlene (University of Pennsylvania, United States/USA)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5403 Educational sociology (Details)
5423 Child research, youth research (Details)
6906 Public research (Details)
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