Predicting future volunteering intentions through a self-determination theory perspective

Yandan WU, Chunxiao LI, Selina KHOO

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Abstract

Using self-determination theory (SDT; Deci and Ryan 1985), we conducted a cross-sectional survey to test the relationship among competence, intrinsic motivation, job satisfaction, and intention to continue volunteering. A total of 180 Special Olympics volunteers from China participated in this study. The results showed that competence positively predicted intrinsic motivation and job satisfaction. Intrinsic motivation was a partial mediator for the relationship between competence and job satisfaction. Job satisfaction positively influenced intention and it acted as a full mediator in the relationship between intrinsic motivation and intention. It was concluded that SDT is a useful theoretical framework in understanding intention to continue volunteering. Theoretical and practical implications are provided. Copyright © 2015 International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1266-1279
JournalVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Volume27
Issue number3
Early online dateMar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Intrinsic motivation
Self-determination theory
Job satisfaction
Volunteering
Mediator
China
Olympics
Theoretical framework
Volunteers
Third sector

Citation

Wu, Y., Li, C., & Khoo, S. (2016). Predicting future volunteering intentions through a self-determination theory perspective. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(3), 1266-1279.

Keywords

  • Intention
  • Competence
  • Volunteer motivation
  • Satisfaction