Quotation Meyer, Michael, Neumayr, Michaela, Rameder, Paul. 2019. Students’ Community Service: Self-Selection and the Effects of Participation. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 48 (6), 1162-1185




Numerous studies demonstrate the effectiveness of university-based community service programs on students’ personal, social, ethical, and academic domains. These effects depend on both, the characteristics of students enrolled and the characteristics of the programs, for instance whether they are voluntary or mandatory. Our study investigates whether effects of voluntary service programs are indeed caused by the service experience or by prior self-selection. Using data from a pre–post quasi-experimental design conducted at a public university in Europe and taking students’ socioeconomic background into account, our findings on self-efficacy, generalized trust, empathic concern, and attributions for poverty show that there are no participation effects. Instead, students who join in community service differ significantly from nonparticipants with regard to almost all investigated domains a priori, indicating strong self-selection. Our results underline the importance of structured group reflection, most notably with regard to attitude-related topics.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Students’ Community Service: Self-Selection and the Effects of Participation
Volume 48
Number 6
Year 2019
Page from 1162-1185
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764019848492
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0899764019848492


Meyer, Michael (Details)
Neumayr, Michaela (Details)
Rameder, Paul (Details)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
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