As highlighted in the field of the social determinants of health, welfare programmes need to address psychosocialand material needs, since both are drivers of health conditions. This study is based on the assumption thatvolunteer work (unpaid activity defined here as ‘social treatment’- policy) may foster a higher life satisfaction ofpeople with a chronic disability (resulting from long-term functional limitations). In particular, the analysisempirically tests a causal effect of an active participation in volunteer work on the life satisfaction of the par-ticipants, taking into consideration the role of self-reported quality of the public services provided (transport,emergency health and education services) and the big five individual personality traits (extraversion, agree-ableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness).For this propose, data provided by ISFOL (Institute for the Professional Training of Workers) for the year 2014is used. Firstly, a propensity score matching strategy is implemented. This strategy allows to account for po-tential confounding factors that can affect both a propensity towards being a volunteer and being very satisfiedwith life. Secondly, a control function approach is also implemented to check the possible presence of a bi-directionality between participation in volunteering and subjective well-being.The results show that life satisfaction is significantly affected by being actively involved in social unpaidactivity. A decisive role to carrying out this ‘social treatment’- policy is however attributed to the overcoming ofeconomic and environmental constraints (e.g. low quality of health-care services) especially in Southern Italy.
|Titolo:||Does volunteer work affect life satisfaction of participants with chronic functional limitations? An empirical investigation|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|