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Predicting Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer attrition with the 16 PF


Volunteer attrition is a common problem for Big Brothers/Big Sisters agencies. The present study investigated the utility of a self-report personality inventory, the 16 PF, as an attrition screening tool. Through discriminant analysis, the 16 PF correctly classified 100% of committed and uncommitted volunteers (N= 22). Committed volunteers tended to be more-conceptual, conscientious, and feelings-oriented than uncommitted volunteers.

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Herman, K.C., Usita, P.M. Predicting Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer attrition with the 16 PF. Child Youth Care Forum 23, 207–211 (1994).

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  • Discriminant Analysis
  • School Psychology
  • Screening Tool
  • Personality Inventory
  • Volunteer Attrition