A Randomized Controlled Trial to Promote Volunteering in Older Adults

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Warner LM, Wolff J, Ziegelmann JP, Wurm S, Wolff JK
Journal: Psychology and Aging
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication year: 2014
Volume: 29
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 757-763
ISSN: 0882-7974


Volunteering is presumed to confer health benefits, but interventions to encourage older adults to volunteer are sparse. Therefore, a randomized controlled trial with 280 community-dwelling older German adults was conducted to test the effects of a theory-based social-cognitive intervention against a passive waiting-list control group and an active control intervention designed to motivate physical activity. Self-reports of weekly volunteering minutes were assessed at baseline (5 weeks before the intervention) as well as 2 and 6 weeks after the intervention. Participants in the treatment group increased their weekly volunteering minutes to a greater extent than participants in the control groups 6 weeks after the intervention. We conclude that a single, face-to-face group session can increase volunteering among older community-dwelling adults. However, the effects need some time to unfold because changes in volunteering were not apparent 2 weeks after the intervention. (PsycINFO Database Record © 2014 APA, all rights reserved).

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Wolff, Julia Katharina Dr.
Institut für Psychogerontologie
Wurm, Susanne Prof. Dr.
Professur für Psychogerontologie

Research Fields

Health Behaviour and Health-related Intervention Research
Professur für Psychogerontologie

How to cite

Warner, L.M., Wolff, J., Ziegelmann, J.P., Wurm, S., & Wolff, J.K. (2014). A Randomized Controlled Trial to Promote Volunteering in Older Adults. Psychology and Aging, 29(4), 757-763. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0036486

Warner, Lisa Marie, et al. "A Randomized Controlled Trial to Promote Volunteering in Older Adults." Psychology and Aging 29.4 (2014): 757-763.


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