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Social Psychology and Society
2013. no. 2, 5–20
2221-1527 / 2311-7052 (online)
Helping as a Lifestyle: Psychological Aspects of Volunteering
, Doctor in Psychology, associate professor at the Department of Organizational Psychology, Higher School of EconomicsSheveleva I.A.
, Bachelor's degree student at the Faculty of Psychology, Higher School of EconomicsFomichev A.A.
, Bachelor's degree student at the Faculty of Psychology, Higher School of Economics
The paper reviews contemporary Western research in psychology of volunteering. Special attention is paid to the issues related to the egoistic and altruistic motivations of volunteering, as well as to the factors affecting the intensity of volunteer activities. The paper also describes the restrictions of the reviewed studies.
Keywords: volunteers, empathy, stress, 'the big five', social norms, sympathy, devotion to organization, attachment style.
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