School of Psychological Science

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Gina Chatellier

Phone: (+61 8) 6488 1453


Start date

Feb 2016

Submission date

Feb 2010

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Gina Chatellier

Thesis

Personality and Volunteering: Investigating the Characteristics and Values that Attract Applicants to Volunteer Roles.

Summary

Many services that are provided rely on the unpaid work of volunteers, but finding and retaining volunteers can be challenging. This research project aims to look at the relationship between personality and volunteer attraction. In particular it aims to understand how individuals’ personalities interact with the characteristics of volunteer roles and volunteer organisations to affect attraction to volunteer activities. Previous research has found positive associations of extraversion and agreeableness with a willingness to volunteer (Elshaug & Metzer, 2001). This project will investigate how other personality traits may be linked to volunteer attraction. Two sets of relationships will be investigated, one between personality traits and volunteer organisation attraction and the other between personality traits and volunteer role attraction. Personality will be examined as a predictor of perceived Person Environment (PE) fit, which is seen as mediating the relationship between personality and attraction. Further, organizational values will be examined as a moderator of the relation between personality and perceived fit to the organization, such that certain personality traits will exhibit stronger relations with PE fit when the organization espouses certain values. By understanding the relationship between personality and attraction recruitment materials can be altered to increase the amount of people that volunteer, as well as attract people with specific personality traits.

Why my research is important

Many services that we take for granted everyday would not be possible without the work of volunteers, but finding volunteers and retaining them can be problematic. Although many Australians volunteer, this number is dropping. In 2010 almost 6.1 million people volunteered in Australia, but 4 years later this number has dropped to 5.8 million (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2010, 2015). Through finding out how different personality traits are related to volunteer attraction, this research will inform the development of recruitment materials that may increase the amount of people applying for volunteer positions as well as attract people with certain personality traits.


 

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