The Association of Public Service Motivation and Civic Engagement: Linking PSM and Volunteering Intensity

  • Fabian Homberg
  • Joyce Costello


While PSM studies have already shown it is a determinant of the frequency of volunteering, it is unclear how PSM is associated to intensity when volunteering. This chapter introduces the concept of volunteering intensity as a supplement to the usual assessment of volunteering in terms of time and frequency. This is particularly important because it emphasizes a quality dimension that cannot simply be captured in time- and frequency-based evaluations of volunteering, therefore giving another layer to the analysis. The chapter first addresses the issue on conceptual grounds and then tests the relation between PSM and volunteering intensity in a sample of 324 British volunteers.


PSM Volunteering intensity Person-organization fit Mediation UK volunteers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabian Homberg
    • 1
  • Joyce Costello
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Business & ManagementLUISS Guido Carli UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.Media SchoolBournemouth UniversityBournemouthUK

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