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Validation of the Beliefs Against Volunteering Scale among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong

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Participation in volunteer service is an indicator of quality of life. This study attempts to validate the Beliefs Against Volunteering Scale (BAV), an assessment of the negative beliefs about volunteerism among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. The BAV was administered to 5,946 Chinese adolescents. The BAV and its subscales were found to be internally consistent. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed two factors (i.e., “conceptual bias” and “instrumental bias”) against volunteering. This supports the factorial validity of the test. The BAV scores showed a differentiation of volunteers versus non-volunteers, thus supporting the criterion-related validity of the test. The negative correlations between BAV and (1) measures of positive beliefs about volunteering; and (2) purpose in life demonstrated the construct validity of BAV. The findings suggest that BAV is a reliable and valid instrument in assessing underlying negative beliefs about volunteerism among Chinese adolescents.

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Law, B.M.F., Shek, D.T.L. Validation of the Beliefs Against Volunteering Scale among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong. Soc Indic Res 100, 287–298 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-010-9617-4

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  • Chinese
  • Scale development
  • Negative beliefs