• Irina A. Kurus Novosibirsk State Medical University
  • Irina V. Ponomarenko Novosibirsk State Medical University
  • Ekaterina I. Bodunova Novosibirsk State Medical University
Keywords: volunteer, volunteer activity, volunteer students, motivation, motive, causality, social psychological attitudes


Recently, the interest in the problem of volunteer activity development increases, therefore, the analysis of individual-psychological characteristics of people engaged in volunteering is very important. The paper presents the analysis of the interrelation between the causal orientation and socio-psychological attitudes and the motivation for achievement of the students engaged in volunteering. The study took place in 2019 and involved 27 students (average age is 18±1.8 years) of universities in Novosibirsk. Volunteer students showed basic social and psychological attitudes to the process, altruism, and labor; the leading type of motivational subsystem is autonomous (internal); motivation to succeed dominates. In general, volunteer students are characterized by disharmonic attitudes. Thus, they demonstrate pleasure from the activity that frequently can lead to the delay in its performance and the formation of negative attitude to the increase in the volume of work; they frequently perform work to the injury of themselves forgetting their own needs. Thus, the students engaged in volunteering activity have the internal locus of control and are characterized by pro-social attitudes, i.e. they aim at the idea. 

When carrying out the correlative analysis, the authors obtained the inverse correlation according to the scale of impersonal causal orientation with the attitudes for the result, freedom, and success motivation. The results of the study show the more is motivation aimed at the success achievement and the orientation on freedom and result, the less the manifestation of the impersonal causal attribution.

Author Biographies

Irina A. Kurus, Novosibirsk State Medical University

senior teacher of Chair of Psychiatry, Narcology, Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology

Irina V. Ponomarenko, Novosibirsk State Medical University

senior teacher of Chair of Psychiatry, Narcology, Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology

Ekaterina I. Bodunova, Novosibirsk State Medical University



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