ERIC Number: EJ885453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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Residential Satisfaction and Civic Engagement: Understanding the Causes of Community Participation
Grillo, Michael C.; Teixeira, Miguel A.; Wilson, David C.
Social Indicators Research, v97 n3 p451-466 Jul 2010
In this paper, we seek to examine the causes of civic engagement, which refers to a set of actions and efforts, a feeling of belonging, and an experience of investment and ownership in local, regional, national, or international communities. We propose that research on the determinants of civic engagement has missed an important independent variable, which is residential satisfaction. Building upon insights from residential satisfaction research, we hypothesize that the more satisfaction an individual has with their community, the more likely it is that they will be civically engaged. We test this theory with a hierarchical regression model. While the regression produced mixed results, our findings suggest that satisfaction with social offerings leads to an increase in civic engagement.
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Citizen Participation, Social Indicators, Sociometric Techniques, Models, Place of Residence, Satisfaction, Regression (Statistics)
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