Current Psychology

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 365–376 | Cite as

Narcissism and the Motivation to Engage in Volunteerism

  • Amy B. BrunellEmail author
  • Laraine Tumblin
  • Melissa T. Buelow


Two studies investigated the extent to which narcissism was associated with volunteer motivation. Study 1 investigated a sample of United Way volunteers and Study 2 examined a sample of college student volunteers. As hypothesized, results found that narcissists tend to volunteer for self-interest rather than for humanitarian values. Results remained significant even while controlling for self-esteem (Studies 1 and 2) and empathic concern (Study 2). Discussion involves the current climate for volunteerism, which includes mandated volunteering as part of high school graduation and other requirements.


Volunteer Narcissism Entitlement Motivation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy B. Brunell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laraine Tumblin
    • 2
  • Melissa T. Buelow
    • 3
  1. 1.The Ohio State University at MansfieldMansfieldUSA
  2. 2.Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  3. 3.The Ohio State University at NewarkNewarkUSA

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