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Schreier et al., 2013: Volunteering at public elementary schools increased physiological health, especially among high-empathetic and low-negative-mood high school students

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Schreier, H. M., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Chen, E. (2013). Effect of volunteering on risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA pediatrics, 167(4), 327-332.
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Summary:

High school students were randomized to volunteer at a public elementary school (1-1.5 hours/week) in the fall semester (treatment) or in the spring semester (control). At the end of the term, as compared to a baseline assessment, students in the treatment condition showed lower cholesterol levels and lower body mass index as well as lower interleukin 6 levels and marginally lower C-reactive protein levels (inflammatory markers). The greatest benefits were found among students who increased the most in empathy and altruistic behaviors and who decreased the most in negative mood.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

To Feel Connected, Included, Respected, and Valued by Others

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Remedy Threats to Belonging that Undermine Functioning

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I connected to others?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Bolstering beliefs about social connectedness

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I connected to others?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018