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ERIC Number: EJ810956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Empowerment and Sense of Community: Clarifying Their Relationship in Community Organizations
Hughey, Joseph; Peterson, N. Andrew; Lowe, John B.; Oprescu, Florin
Health Education & Behavior, v35 n5 p651-663 2008
The research reported here tested the factor structure of a measure for sense of community in community organizations, and it evaluated sense of community's potential as an empowering organizational characteristic within an organizational empowerment framework. Randomly selected community organization participants (N = 561) were surveyed as part of a study of a substance abuse prevention initiative located in the northeastern United States. Confirmatory factor analysis verified the putative structure of the sense of community measure tailored to community organizations. Hierarchical regression analyses indicated that community organization sense of community significantly predicted intrapersonal empowerment after controlling for demographics, participation, alienation, and other empowering organizational characteristic. Findings imply that organizational sense of community should be considered as an empowering organizational characteristic in community-based health education. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States