Benefits of formal voluntary work among older people. A review

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dc.identifier.citation von Bonsdorff, M., & Rantanen, T. (2011). Benefits of formal voluntary work among older people. A review. <em>Aging Clinical and Experimental Research</em>, 23 (3), 162-169. fi
dc.identifier.issn 1594-0667
dc.identifier.other TUTKAID_40595
dc.description.abstract Background and aims: A narrative review of quantitative population-based longitudinal studies was conducted to examine the association of formal voluntary work and personal well-being among older people doing the voluntary work and those being served. Methods: To be included, the study had to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, written in English and conducted in Western countries, participants were at least 60 years of age, the study employed a longitudinal or experimental design, the methodology and outcomes were explicitly described, and voluntary work quantified as visits or hours within a certain time frame. Results: Sixteen studies out of 2897 met the inclusion criteria for the review reporting on benefits of volunteering for those doing the voluntary work. Outcomes were collapsed into three categories of personal well-being: physical health, mental health, and psychosocial resources. All included studies came from the United States and showed that volunteering in old age predicted better self-rated health, functioning, physical activity and life satisfaction as well as decreased depression and mortality. However, it did not decrease the risk of chronic diseases or nursing home admission in old age. Only one study which met the inclusion criteria on the benefits of volunteering for older recipients was identified. Conclusions: Studies mainly used data from large datasets with only limited information about volunteering, which limits more detailed analyses. Randomized controlled trials are needed to study the effect of voluntary work on those being served, as well as to reveal the healthy participant effect among volunteers. (Aging Clin Exp Res 2011; 23: 162-169) ©2011, Editrice Kurtis. fi
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Editrice Kurtis
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
dc.rights openAccess fi
dc.subject.other formal volunteering en
dc.subject.other aged en
dc.subject.other vapaaehtoistyö fi
dc.subject.other ikääntyneet fi
dc.title Benefits of formal voluntary work among older people. A review
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201207102036
dc.subject.kota 3142, 3141
dc.contributor.laitos Terveystieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Health Sciences en
dc.contributor.oppiaine gerontologia ja kansanterveys fi
dc.identifier.volume 23
dc.identifier.issue 3
jyx.tutka.pagetopage 162-169
dc.type.uri 2012-07-10T03:30:17Z
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dc.description.reviewstatus peerReviewed
dc.format.pagerange 162-169
dc.relation.issn 1594-0667
dc.relation.issue 3
dc.relation.volume 23
dc.type.version publishedVersion
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess

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