ERIC Number: ED110266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Community Satisfaction in a Rural Setting: Dimensionality and Correlates. Center of Applied Sociology, Working Paper RID-74.1.
Rojek, Dean G.; And Others
Addressing the issue of community satisfaction as a viable extension to the search for social indicators, the following hypotheses were tested: (1) community satisfaction is a multidimensional variable; (2) satisfaction with community services is a municipality-oriented phenomenon that will vary according to size of place of residence, i.e., small city, village, or open country; (3) the assessment of community satisfaction is not dependent on objective economic, demographic, or social status indicators. Data used to assess dimensionality, applicability, and correlates of community satisfaction, were derived from Putnam County, Illinois via a 1971 area probability sample survey which provided responses from 1,166 heads of households on 15 community satisfaction items. Results of factor analyzation revealed four relatively independent dimensions-satisfaction with public, medical, commercial, and educational services. While significant differences of means were found for the medical and commercial dimension of community satisfaction among the three residential strata, an analysis-of-covariance model revealed a similar pattern of relationship between the objective indicators and each of the four dimensions of community satisfaction, indicating the need to develop social indicators based on individualized subjective evaluations of environment. (Author/JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Coll. of Agricultural and Life Sciences.; Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC. Economic Development Div.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center of Applied Sociology.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois