Students Serving Students: Perceived Benefits of Direct Community Service

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Taylor, Ashley M.
Volunteer; Survey; Community Service; Psychology; Service; Benefits
thesis / dissertation description
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between participation in direct community service and future community service intentions. Pre and post surveys, developed for use in this study, were administered at the beginning and end of a week-long community service project, to measure differences in attitude toward community service and those they were assisting. Analysis of the results demonstrated an increase in the enjoyment of community service activities, as well as working well with others. There was also a significant decrease when responding to the item, “It is not something that is essential to our lives.” The results of this study suggest direct community service may positively influence the attitudes of volunteers.