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An Investigation into the Effect of Volunteering on Life Satisfaction

Student Bradford S. Jones & Mallori King
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Department Psychology
Course PSY 480: Original Research Project


The impact of volunteering with the homeless on college students’ life satisfaction was assessed. Participants completed the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) before and after volunteering at a homeless shelter held on campus. Changes in pre-post SWLS scores will be discussed with regard to volunteering in general and volunteering with the homeless specifically, as it affects one’s subjective perception of their own life situation.


Bradford S. Jones & Mallori King. 2008. An Investigation into the Effect of Volunteering on Life Satisfaction. Virginia Psychological Association, April, 2008, Charlottesville, VA.

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