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An example of research created by our Social Work Cohort:
“Motivation Behind Volunteering Versus Not Volunteering in the Aging Population”
April Melton and Monica Talcott
Associate Professor Dr. Laura Ting

The purpose of this study is to increase our understanding of volunteerism among the aging population. Specifically, the goal and research question is to explore the motivation behind volunteering or not volunteering in the over 65 age group, as well as benefits and disincentives associated with volunteering. A qualitative study with a grounded study approach will be conducted with 40 men and women over 65 from diverse racial, ethnic, economic and educational backgrounds to explore any differences or similarities in their motivations. Data will be collected, transcribed and analyzed using Atlas.ti software. Research on understanding the motivation of volunteers and non-volunteers, including perceived benefits and disadvantages, is important as this knowledge may assist in the development of new policies that ‘best promote productive aging” (Kim, Kang, Lee & Lee, 2007, p. 69) have clinical implications for practitioners working with the elderly, as well as impact agency administrators’ efforts to recruit and retain volunteers.

Kathleen Algire-Fedarcyk
Meet Kathleen Algire-Fedarcyk! Read about her research here!

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Benefits for Social Work students:

  • Work with a faculty member
  • Experience hands-on research
  • Reinforce classroom learning
  • Prepare for work or graduate school
  • Travel to national conferences
  • Receive grant funding
  • Publish independent research
    • Analyzing Predictors of Academic Success among African American Adolescents within an Urban Charter School.
      Durell Callier. UMBC Review Vol.8.

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