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Volunteering In Older Age in Scotland

  • The patterns of volunteering participation amongst HAGIS respondents are in line with other similar social surveys containing volunteering questions. The descriptive analysis shows the importance of the transition between employment and retirement as a key time for volunteering participation
  • We also show the association between volunteering participation and wellbeing. Volunteers have more positive expectations of their life expectancies than non-volunteers, and also rate themselves with higher subjective wellbeing
  • We show that there are associations between prosocial motivations (using volunteering as a proxy) and engagement with HAGIS. Volunteers were more likely to be enthusiastic about participating in HAGIS and were also more likely to consent to administrative data linkage. This suggests a role for altruistic motivation in encouraging survey participation, and further work could consider the implications for how respondents should be asked for consent to data linkage
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