ERIC Number: ED234975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Factor Analytic Model of Community and Life Satisfaction: The Case of North Carolina. No. 83-4.
Thompson, Alton; Traub, Betty J.
A multivariate model, refined by factor analysis, was formulated to investigate the degree of community and life satisfaction among a multistage cluster sample of 249 rural residents in 3 racially-mixed, low-income rural North Carolina counties. The sample was almost equally divided between black (49.8%) and white (50.2%) respondents. Analysis of covariance was used to assess statistical significance of hypothesized relationships between selected socio-economic variables (age, education, occupation, race, poverty status, farm status) and the composite criterion variable--community satisfaction. Findings indicated that (1) when the effects of the covariates were removed, race and poverty status had significant effects on community and life satisfaction, while the effect of farm status was minimal; (2) education emerged as the only significant covariate; and (3) there was no interaction among the factors, but three factor-covariate interaction terms were present. The "person characteristics" (race, poverty status, education) were highly significant on the index of community satisfaction although most earlier studies noted the contrary. Black and poor respondents tended to have lower levels of community and life satisfaction than white and nonpoor residents. (Author/MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Univ., Greensboro.
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Lexington, KY, August, 1983).