The social, emotional, and behavioral skill antecedents to college students' volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic

Madison N. Sewell, Christopher M. Napolitano, Brent W. Roberts, Christopher J. Soto, Hee J. Yoon

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Abstract

The disruptions to community functioning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic spurred individuals to action. This empirical study investigated the social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) skill antecedents to college students' volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic (N = 248, Mage = 20.6). We assessed eight SEB skills at the onset of a volunteering program, and students' volunteer hours were assessed 10-weeks later. Approximately 41.5% of the sample did not complete any volunteer hours. Higher levels of perspective taking skill, abstract thinking skill, and stress regulation were associated with more time spent volunteering. These results suggest that strength in particular SEB skills can prospectively predict prosocial civic behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-631
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - Jan 30 2023

Keywords

  • civic engagement
  • socioemotional competencies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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