Predicting the safety performance of volunteers : does motivation for volunteering influence driving behavior?

Newnam, Sharon A., Newton, Cameron J., & McGregor-Lowndes, Myles (2009) Predicting the safety performance of volunteers : does motivation for volunteering influence driving behavior? Safety Science, 47(8), pp. 1090-1096.

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Volunteering has long been known for its positive effects on the individual and the community. However, no research to date has examined the safety of individuals when volunteering their services. The safety of individuals when driving a vehicle is particularly a concern in the nonprofit sector as volunteers are leaving organizations due to fear of public liability. As such, this paper aims to identify the internal motivational factors influencing the safety of volunteers when driving a vehicle (n = 73). Utilizing Clary’s et al. (1998) scale of the motivational functions served by volunteering, we found that individuals who volunteer their services for ego-related functioning (protective) were more likely to report higher self-reported driving speeds, while individuals who volunteer their services for altruistic purposes (values) were more likely to report lower self-reported driving speeds. In turn, higher self-reported driving speeds were found to be associated with a greater number of self-reported crashes in the past two years. These results have important implications for volunteer driving organizations, as these results suggest that some motivations are associated with poorer driving performance.

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ID Code: 17297
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: volunteers, work-related driving, nonprofit sector
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2008.12.004
ISSN: 0925-7535
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2009 01:15
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 12:39

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