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Predictors of Interpersonal Growth in Volunteer Tourism: A Latent Curve Approach

Predictors of Interpersonal Growth in Volunteer Tourism: A Latent Curve Approach Volunteer travel has become a substantial market segment in the tourism industry. Case studies have documented the effects of volunteer travel on participants and host communities. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the impact of volunteer travel experiences on the openness, civic attitudes, and wisdom of college participants and to elucidate predictors of positive growth in these intended outcomes. A multivariate latent growth model was tested to determine the nature of growth trajectories. Results indicate that the program had positive immediate impacts on all dependent variables. Evidence of continued growth was found one month after the experience in a follow-up assessment. Participants involved in leadership roles and those who engaged in regular personal reflection demonstrated stronger long-term growth. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leisure Sciences Taylor & Francis

Predictors of Interpersonal Growth in Volunteer Tourism: A Latent Curve Approach

Leisure Sciences , Volume 32 (4): 17 – Jun 30, 2010
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1521-0588
eISSN
0149-0400
DOI
10.1080/01490400.2010.488598
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Abstract

Volunteer travel has become a substantial market segment in the tourism industry. Case studies have documented the effects of volunteer travel on participants and host communities. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the impact of volunteer travel experiences on the openness, civic attitudes, and wisdom of college participants and to elucidate predictors of positive growth in these intended outcomes. A multivariate latent growth model was tested to determine the nature of growth trajectories. Results indicate that the program had positive immediate impacts on all dependent variables. Evidence of continued growth was found one month after the experience in a follow-up assessment. Participants involved in leadership roles and those who engaged in regular personal reflection demonstrated stronger long-term growth.

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Leisure SciencesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jun 30, 2010

Keywords: college students; latent growth model; volunteer tourism; wisdom

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