The implications of continuous and episodic experiences of volunteering in young Italians

Author/s Anna Maria Meneghini, Sandro Stanzani
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/1
Language Italian Pages 19 P. 13-31 File size 210 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSC2019-001003
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This study involves a representative sample of Italian emerging adults and analyses their commitment to two forms of volunteering: continuous volunteering and episodic volunteering. On the basis of their commitment to voluntary service (past or current experiences of volun-teering), the study compares their levels of civic engagement, trust, attitude towards politics and subjective wellbeing. The results sketch the picture of an engaged young generation (72.6% of the participants have past or current experiences of volunteering) both in continuous and/or episodic volunteering. These results led the researchers to hypothesise the existence of a process of innovation and increased flexibility in the ways emerging adults approach partici-pation and civic engagement, as well as in the modalities of engagement in voluntary service.

Keywords: Episodic volunteering, continuous volunteering, civic engagement, wellbeing, emerging adults

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Anna Maria Meneghini, Sandro Stanzani, Risvolti delle esperienze di volontariato continuativo ed episodico nei giovani italiani in "PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITA’" 1/2019, pp 13-31, DOI: 10.3280/PSC2019-001003