Role Of Identity, And Well Being Among Volunteers, By Peggy A. Thoits

1356 Words Oct 19th, 2015 6 Pages
The article, “Role-Identity Salience, Purpose and Meaning in Life, and Well-Being among Volunteers”, by Peggy A. Thoits seeks to address that the more roles individuals occupy, the better their mental and physical well-being. Thoits says that social roles have salutary effects on well being because they are identities that provide individuals with purpose and meaning in life. The research problem being addressed here is whether role identities in fact supply purpose and meaning and whether a sense of purpose and meaning actually mediates the link between identities and well-being. The article discusses these issues, focusing on a case in point on the role-identity of “volunteer,” specifically, Mended Hearts Visitor. The theory being tested in the article is called symbolic interactionist, where role identities are definitions of the self in terms of the social roles that one holds. The roles being discussed are positions in social structure such as behavioral expectations, including reciprocal rights. “According to theory, individuals obtain classifications of themselves as social objects and evaluations of themselves as worthy and competent social actors through taking the role of the other and accepting others categorizations and appraisals of them as self-descriptive”(p. 361).
It says that role-identities provide purpose and meaning in life as behavioral guidance, which will lead to promote emotional and bodily well-being. To view a role as important, it requires…
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