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ERIC Number: EJ958160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Measuring Perceived Community Support: Factorial Structure, Longitudinal Invariance, and Predictive Validity of the PCSQ (Perceived Community Support Questionnaire)
Herrero, Juan; Gracia, Enrique
Journal of Community Psychology, v35 n2 p197-217 Mar 2007
Social support from intimate and confiding relationships has received a great deal of attention; however, the study of the community as a relevant source of support has been comparatively lacking. In this article, we present a multidimensional measure of community support (Perceived Community Support Questionnaire, PCSQ). Through exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses on data from three samples of adult population (two-wave panel: sample 1, N = 1009 and sample 2, N = 780; and an independent sample 3, N = 440), results show that community integration, community participation, and use of community organizations are reliable indicators of the underlying construct of perceived community support. Also, community support is associated with a reduction of depressive symptoms after 6 months, once autoregression is controlled for. (Contains 2 figures, 1 footnote and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain