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J Women Aging. 2010;22(2):125-35. doi: 10.1080/08952841003719224.

Gender and religious differences associated with volunteering in later life.

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Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056, USA. manninlk@muohio.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to use a nationally representative sample of older adults in the United States to investigate the effect gender and religiosity has on volunteer behavior in later life. This study looks specifically at the gender and religious differences associated with volunteering in later life. Accounting for gender and religious differences, more specifically, this study examines the assumption that older women are more likely to volunteer in later life as opposed to men, and that gender is a better predictor than being religious for the likelihood of occupying a volunteer role in later life. This study poses questions about the differences in gender and religiosity associated with volunteering in later life; the results indicate there is more work to be done as we conduct research that is clearer about how volunteerism and religiosity are measured in relation to gender, and the overall impact these differences have for older women and their respective communities.

PMID:
20408033
DOI:
10.1080/08952841003719224
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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