Legacy volunteering: A test of two theories of intergenerational transmission


Journal Article

Sociological theory suggests two reasons that volunteering runs in families. The first is that parents act as role models. The second is that parents who volunteer pass on the socioeconomic resources needed to do volunteer work. Panel data from two generations of women (N = 1,848) are analyzed to see how much influence family socioeconomic status and mother's volunteering have on daughter's volunteer careers. More highly educated women and women whose mothers volunteered donate more hours initially, but only family socioeconomic status increases volunteering over the life course.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mustillo, S; Wilson, J; Lynch, SM

Published Date

  • May 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 530 - 541

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-2445

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2004.00036.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus