Empathy and Personality as Predictors of Volunteerism

 Tehreem Farooq (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisors: Arsla Nasir & Saima Ghazal, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract:

The present research was carried out to explore the relationship between empathy, personality and volunteerism. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between empathy, personality and volunteerism. It was also hypothesized that empathy and personality would predict volunteerism. The sample was comprised of younger  adults (N = 100; 50 men, 50 women) whose age range was between 18-35 years by using convenient probability sampling technique from different universities of Lahore. Basic Empathy Scale (Jolliffe & Farrington, 2006), Personality Scale (Donnellan, Oswald et al, 2006) and Volunteer Functioning Inventory (Clary, Synder et al, 1998) were used for assessment. Pearson product moment correlation and hierarchical regression were used for analyses. The results revealed that married people volunteer more than single ones. Moreover, employed people tend to volunteer more than unemployed participants. Whereas, people who have higher empathic tendencies and intellect personality traits help a person to volunteer more. The research have important implications of empathy and personality in volunteerism to scatter out the demographics, personality dimensions and factors which evolve and provoke one to volunteer.

Keywords: Empathy, personality, volunteerism.

 

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