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ERIC Number: EJ957793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Change in Sense of Community: An Empirical Finding
Loomis, Colleen; Dockett, Kathleen H.; Brodsky, Anne E.
Journal of Community Psychology, v32 n1 p1-8 Jan 2004
This study investigated changes in students' psychological sense of community (SOC) under two conditions of external threat against their urban, historically Black, public nonresidential university in a U.S. mid-Atlantic city. Two independent stratified random samples (N = 801 and N = 241) consisting of undergraduate and graduate women (61%) and men (39%)--predominantly of color--averaging 29 years of age completed the Sense of Community Index (SCI; Perkins, Florin, Rich, Wandersman, & Chavis, 1990). During the first assessment there was an external threat to the university community that was not present 20 months later during the second assessment. In this cross-sectional design, an analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) revealed support for the hypothesis that SOC would be higher when a threat was present than when it was absent (p less than 0.01). (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States