Intergenerational transmission of volunteerism

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In this article, I investigate the strength of intergenerational transmission of volunteering for non-profit associations in The Netherlands. Data from the Family Survey of the Dutch Population 2000 reveal that there are significant relations between current volunteering and parental volunteering in the past. While the transmission of volunteering for religious and quasi-religious ('pillarized') associations is due largely to the transmission of religion and social status from parents to their children, parental volunteering for pillarized associations has increased the likelihood of children's volunteering for secular associations, even controlling for parental and children's religion, education, wealth and personality characteristics. Consistent with a value internalization explanation, this spillover effect was not due to the direct social pressure of parents. Copyright © 2007 Nordic Sociological Association and SAGE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-114
Number of pages16
JournalActa Sociologica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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