Service Learning as a Path to Purpose in Life
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships between students’ self-reported altruism (SRA), motivation to serve (MTS) and purpose in life (PIL). The participants were 583 undergraduate and graduate students from a mid-size, mid-Atlantic university, representing many different majors and professional training programs. An online survey was utilized to measure the three primary variables. Four main hypotheses were made for this study: (1) there would be significant positive correlations between all variables (SRA, MTS and PIL); (2) there would be clear differences on all three variables between students who have served compared with those who have not served; (3) there would be a measurable difference between males and females on all three variables, and lastly, (4) scores for all variables would increase with age. All hypotheses were either fully or partially supported by the data.
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