(Pro)Active Ageing: Policy implications of the difference between motivational reasons of pre-50 and post-50 participant-volunteers

Dann, Stephen M. & Buchanan, Liz (2006) (Pro)Active Ageing: Policy implications of the difference between motivational reasons of pre-50 and post-50 participant-volunteers. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006, 27 October 2006, Carseldine, Brisbane.


Motivations for participation in sport are influenced by intrinsic and extrinsic factors as well as individual’s constraints on the type of activity and time available. (Recours et al, 2004; Yan & McCullagh, 2004; Alexandris et al, 2002; Vlachopoulos et al, 2000) Similarly, sports volunteerism is based on several motivations specifically: altruistic value, personal development, community concern, citizenship, ego enhancement and social adjustment or networks (Peloza & Hassay, 2006; Liao-Troth, 2005; Govekar, 2004; Wang, 2003; Uriely, 2002; Marx, 1999). With the increasing acknowledgement of the ageing of the population as an issue for policy makers, organisations and non profit associations, it is timely to begin exploring the motivations for participation and volunteering of seniors (50-75), and the pre-seniors (40-49) groups. Specifically, do pre-seniors and seniors have different motivations? This study investigates if differences exist between the current cohort of seniors, and the "pre-senior" volunteers and participants in equestrian sport. The study was conducted in conjunction with the Equestrian Federation of Australia (EFA), Equestrian Queensland (EQ), Equestrian South Australia (ESA), and other national equestrian association members. Specifically, this paper explores whether differences exist between seniors (50-75), and the preseniors (40-49) groups through the use of Recours et al (2004) motivation scale and the Yavas and Riecken (1997) volunteer salient attitudes. The results indicate that there are distinct motivational reasons for seniors and pre-seniors to volunteer and that these motivations differ in intensity with their participation.

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ID Code: 6088
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: active ageing, ageing population, volunteer, participation, sports, participation campaigns
ISBN: 1741071291
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Stephen M. Dann and Liz Buchanan
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:37

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