ERIC Number: EJ899409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Ethnically Diverse College Students' Psychological Sense of Community: Do Their Perceptions of Campus Racial Climate Influence It?
Berryhill, Joseph C.; Bee, Erin K.
College Student Affairs Journal, v27 n1 p76-93 Fall 2007
Colleges often seek to promote a psychological sense of community (PSOC) among their students. However, there is limited research on factors promoting PSOC, and little empirical evidence on whether students of different ethnic backgrounds might experience PSOC differently. This study, which took place on a predominantly White campus, explored whether ethnically diverse students' perceptions of racial climate contributed to their PSOC, after controlling for other variables that predict sense of community. Regression analyses demonstrated that racial climate was related to PSOC for students of color, a trend that also was nearly significant for White students. We discuss implications of the findings, highlighting suggestions for campuses interested in enhancing PSOC for students of diverse ethnic backgrounds. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Minority Groups, White Students, Student Attitudes, College Environment, Personality Traits, Influences, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Racial Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A