Hank, K.:

Dynamics of Volunteering in Older Europeans.

In: The Gerontologist, (2009)
ISSN: 1758-5341, 0016-9013
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Soziologie, Sozialwissenschaften
To investigate the dynamics of volunteering
in the population aged 50 years or older
across 11 Continental European countries. Design
and Methods: Using longitudinal data from the
fi rst 2 waves of the Survey of Health, Ageing and
Retirement in Europe, we run multivariate regressions
on a set of binary-dependent variables indicating
transitions from active volunteering to inactivity and
vice versa. Results: Volunteer transitions were
affected by both time-invariant individual resources
and changes in individuals ’ resources. Moreover, we
found that the societal context in which older persons
live not only has a signifi cant impact on the prevalence
of volunteering at a given point in time but that
the dynamics of volunteering also vary by country.
Implications: Our study supports the notion
of volunteering as an important productive aging activity
and underlines the importance of both life-course
and social context factors as determinants of volunteer
dynamics at older ages.