The Main Directions of Research Volunteer Activities



Despite the growing popularity of the volunteer movement in Russia, there is a clear gap between the number of participants in this movement, and the number of people potentially ready to participate in it. Meanwhile, the accumulation of data on volunteering can contribute to the development of programs to involve more and more people. This might have a special significance for young people - not only for the development of special personal qualities, but also for professional life preparation. The article describes the main areas of study of volunteerism, formulated in the form of questions about the subject: "Who?" - about the features of the volunteers, "Why?" - about the motivational factors of meaning, "How?" - about the practical aspects of this type of activity. The possible areas for further research include determining the specificity of voluntary activity, the accumulation of data on Russian regions, looking at the work and its meaning through the eyes of its members (volunteers and recipients of assistance), as well as the development of respect for the culture of volunteer resources in general.

General Information

Keywords: volunteer, volunteering

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Korneeva E.L. The Main Directions of Research Volunteer Activities [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2015. Vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 131–141. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2015070113. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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E. L. Korneeva, Post-graduate Student of the Department of Individual and Group Psychotherapy of the Faculty of Consultative and Clinical Psychology, Moscow City Psychological Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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