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Raising the next generation of public servants? Parental influence on volunteering behavior and public service career aspirations

Raising the next generation of public servants? Parental influence on volunteering behavior and... PurposeWhile there is a large body of literature examining the effect public service motivation (PSM) has on both an individual’s career and volunteering decisions, the effects of social learning and parental influences on both volunteerism and selection into public service are relatively unexplored. This study examines the relationship between parental volunteering and career choice, PSM, and the volunteering behaviors and career choices of their adult children. Design/methodology/approachWe examine data collected from first-year undergraduate students at a large, public university in the southeastern United States to examine, the impact of parents in the development of public service behaviors like volunteering and career choice.FindingsWe find that parental influence matters in shaping voluntary behavior and career aspirations, but that this social learning is distinct by gender. Originality/valueWe are unaware of work that directly focuses on parents’ volunteering and career choices, after controlling for PSM, on both the volunteering and public service career decisions of their children. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Manpower Emerald Publishing

Raising the next generation of public servants? Parental influence on volunteering behavior and public service career aspirations

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0143-7720
DOI
10.1108/IJM-12-2014-0249
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Abstract

PurposeWhile there is a large body of literature examining the effect public service motivation (PSM) has on both an individual’s career and volunteering decisions, the effects of social learning and parental influences on both volunteerism and selection into public service are relatively unexplored. This study examines the relationship between parental volunteering and career choice, PSM, and the volunteering behaviors and career choices of their adult children. Design/methodology/approachWe examine data collected from first-year undergraduate students at a large, public university in the southeastern United States to examine, the impact of parents in the development of public service behaviors like volunteering and career choice.FindingsWe find that parental influence matters in shaping voluntary behavior and career aspirations, but that this social learning is distinct by gender. Originality/valueWe are unaware of work that directly focuses on parents’ volunteering and career choices, after controlling for PSM, on both the volunteering and public service career decisions of their children.

Journal

International Journal of ManpowerEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 1, 2016

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