ERIC Number: ED211281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-20
Reference Count: 0
Dimensionality of Community Satisfaction.
Williams, R. Gary; Knop, Edward
Using factor analysis (both principal factor solutions and rotated factor solutions) to search for underlying statistical commonality among 12 indicators of community satisfaction in 6 Colorado communities, the research explores various dimensions of community satisfaction that may be important across different communities. The communities under study represent different types of communities as well as different rates of growth: Aspen is a rapidly growing ski-recreational community; Evergreen is a rapidly growing exurban community; both Yuma and Burlington are rapidly growing agricultural communities; Craig is an agricultural primary industry community with slow growth; and Del Norte is an agricultural community that is losing population. Dimensions identified as important are private services, public services, environmental milieu, political processes, community cohesion, interaction and exchange, local institutions, locality as gratification, power, stratification, differentiation, and interdependency. Some generalizations can be made across most of the communities studied: a grouping of indicators around "good local leaders" indicates orientation to democratic community processes, and groupings around the categories of interpersonal environment and services may be cross-community indicators. Results are inconclusive, thus reliance on dimensions identified by previous researchers and relevant to different theoretical schools are recommended. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Guelph, Ontario, Canada, August 20-23, 1981).