ERIC Number: ED316668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Perceptions of Retired Senior Volunteer Program Members. Annual RSVP Evaluation Report.
Ebnet, Jean Januschka; And Others
An evaluation study was undertaken to obtain volunteer workers' perceptions of the impact of such service on their own lives, attitudes, and adjustments. A 20-item questionnaire was included with a quarterly Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) newsletter distributed to 1,075 RSVP members in the Greater St. Cloud area of Minnesota. The responding sample of 328 volunteer workers was compared on basic variables to the total population and accepted as representative. Respondents ranged in age from 60 to 96 years with 45 percent over the age of 75; 85 percent were female; 62 percent were single or widowed; 51 percent had been RSVP volunteers for over 5 years; 31 percent gave 5-10 hours per week and 10 percent gave 10 or more hours per week to volunteer activities. Three-fourths reported themselves to be in good health. Most of the respondents, 96 percent, were satisfied with their volunteer activities. RSVP experiences were perceived to increase their sense of self-worth by 83 percent, to increase their circle of friends by 86 percent, and to help in meeting new persons by 92 percent. The evaluation supported the belief that RSVP enhances the quality of life and well-being of senior volunteers willing to share their time with others. (The document includes a 17-item annotated bibliography and 11 appendices that contain descriptions of RSVP programs, the questionnaires, data tables, and respondents' comments.) (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Greater St. Cloud Retired Senior Volunteer Program, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota