The Volunteer Activities measure includes 3 items from the 2016 Survey on Time Use and Leisure Activities - Japan, to assess how one spends time outside of work and school, particularly in terms of household duties, educational pursuits, and leisure activities. In particular, respondents are asked how many days and minutes (on average) they spent on activities such as blood donations, disaster relief, child-focused school functions, and cleaning parks. They were also asked whether their engagement in volunteer activities stemmed from participation in an outside or neighborhood organization. Navigational aspects (i.e. next question sequences) have not been included on this page but can be viewed on the original questionnaire located here.
Instructions: Excludes activities undertaken as work. If the objective of your volunteer activity corresponds to multiple choices, please respond for all of the applicable activities below that you have carried out over the past year.
1. How much time over the year did you spend on volunteer activities?
Response Options: None at all - 0 1 to 4 days - 1 5 to 9 days - 2 10 to 19 days (1 day a month) - 3 20 to 39 days (2 or 3 days a month) - 4 40 to 99 days (1 day a week) - 5 100 to 199 days (2 to 3 days a week) - 6 200 days or more (4 days or more a week) - 7 Do now know how many days - 8
Instructions: Please fill out (2) and subsequent questions if you answered 1 or more days. [This is done for each activity in question 1 that the respondent reported participating in for at least 1 day in the past year excluding “Other”].
2. How many minutes a day did you work as a volunteer? Please indicate the average time length per day.
Response Options: Three digit numeric ( _ _ _ minutes)
3. Did you do volunteer activities as a member of an organization? (Please [indicate] all appropriate categories)
Response Options:* Yes, A group, citizen organization, etc. of volunteers Yes, An NPO (non-profit organization) Yes, A neighborhood association or similar, which is rooted in the local community Yes, Other organization I work as a volunteer without belonging to any organization.
* Numeric codes for the Response Options above were not provided in the original questionnaire.
Statistics Bureau Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (2016). 2016 Survey on Time Use and Leisure Activities Questionnaire A. http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/shakai/2016/gaiyo.html#Questionnaire
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