This article examines the relationship between health and volunteering in advanced age in a cross-national comparison. We used longitudinal data from five waves of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe covering 13 European countries from 2004 to 2015 and employed dynamic random-effects probit models to study the consequences of declining health on voluntary work. Our results confirm that worsening health conditions (i.e., mobility limitations and depression) reduce the likelihood of volunteering, whereas chronic diseases do not. Most interestingly, we found important differences across countries: Worsening health reduces voluntary work participation, especially in contexts characterized by high rates of volunteering. Our findings have implications for policy makers and voluntary organizations that aim to encourage participation: Individual characteristics and contextual aspects must be taken into account, and people with health problems might need specific support through policies, recruitment, and retention even in contexts of overall high levels of volunteering.

Health and Volunteering in Europe: A Longitudinal Study / Papa, Roberta; Cutuli, Giorgio; Principi, Andrea; Scherer, Stefani. - In: RESEARCH ON AGING. - ISSN 0164-0275. - 2019, 41:7(2019), pp. 670-696. [10.1177/0164027519834939]

Health and Volunteering in Europe: A Longitudinal Study

Cutuli, Giorgio;Scherer, Stefani
2019

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between health and volunteering in advanced age in a cross-national comparison. We used longitudinal data from five waves of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe covering 13 European countries from 2004 to 2015 and employed dynamic random-effects probit models to study the consequences of declining health on voluntary work. Our results confirm that worsening health conditions (i.e., mobility limitations and depression) reduce the likelihood of volunteering, whereas chronic diseases do not. Most interestingly, we found important differences across countries: Worsening health reduces voluntary work participation, especially in contexts characterized by high rates of volunteering. Our findings have implications for policy makers and voluntary organizations that aim to encourage participation: Individual characteristics and contextual aspects must be taken into account, and people with health problems might need specific support through policies, recruitment, and retention even in contexts of overall high levels of volunteering.
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Papa, Roberta; Cutuli, Giorgio; Principi, Andrea; Scherer, Stefani
Health and Volunteering in Europe: A Longitudinal Study / Papa, Roberta; Cutuli, Giorgio; Principi, Andrea; Scherer, Stefani. - In: RESEARCH ON AGING. - ISSN 0164-0275. - 2019, 41:7(2019), pp. 670-696. [10.1177/0164027519834939]
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