Self-Enhancement and Helping Behavior: Motivations of Volunteers in Registration and Reception Centers for Refugees in Bulgaria

Qualitative Sociology Review. 2019;15(2):132-147 DOI 10.18778/1733-8077.15.2.09


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Journal Title: Qualitative Sociology Review

ISSN: 1733-8077 (Online)

Publisher: Lodz University Press

Society/Institution: University of Lodz, Poland

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Sociology (General)

Country of publisher: Poland

Language of fulltext: English

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Ilina Nacheva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Helping behavior can be triggered by complex motivators, a number of them self-related. Investigation of this issue can foster a better understanding of such current social phenomena as volunteerism within the context of intensive migration in Europe. The research presented here focuses on individuals who applied for volunteer positions in the Registration and Reception Centers for Refugees in Bulgaria. Document analysis was conducted concerning 128 applications for participation in an ongoing volunteer project during the period 2013-2016. The explicit motivations of candidates indicate that groups of motives related to self-enhancement are among the key triggers for volunteers. These include a desire to foster social change and the effort to develop a positive self-image, both of which are associated with the role of volunteer.