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ERIC Number: EJ958258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Community Social and Place Predictors of Sense of Community: A Multilevel and Longitudinal Analysis
Long, D. Adam; Perkins, Douglas D.
Journal of Community Psychology, v35 n5 p563-581 Jul 2007
Sense of community (SOC) is empirically "unpacked" as a multilevel construct with place and social elements. SOC has been studied primarily at the individual level despite researchers acknowledging its effects at the community level. Little attention has been given to the roles of place and place attitudes in SOC. We argue that place and social are inextricably bound, and studying the impact of the social alone on community-oriented constructs like SOC constrains our ability to adequately understand such multilevel, multifaceted phenomena. The present, cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses demonstrate that SOC is intimately related to social capital (neighboring, citizen participation, collective efficacy, informal social control), communitarianism, place attachment, community confidence, and community satisfaction. Implications for community and environmental psychology theory are discussed. (Contains 3 figures, 3 tables, and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York