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Sense of Community and Community Participation: A Meta-Analytic Review

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  • Cosimo Talò

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  • Terri Mannarini
  • Alessia Rochira

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Many studies indicate that participation and sense of community (SoC) are associated factors enhancing community development. However, research has almost completely ignored the magnitude of the association between the two and the stability of this relationship across contexts, populations and different forms of community participation. A meta-analysis was conducted to assess the following: (a) the strength and stability of the SoC-participation relationship; (b) variations in this relationship associated with different forms of participation (i.e., civic and political); and (c) the influence of population characteristics on the SoC-participation relationship. The results showed that the SoC-participation relationship is significant, positive and moderately strong for forms of participation in the adult population and specific cultural contexts. Implications for theory and applications are discussed. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

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  • Cosimo Talò & Terri Mannarini & Alessia Rochira, 2014. "Sense of Community and Community Participation: A Meta-Analytic Review," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 117(1), pages 1-28, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:117:y:2014:i:1:p:1-28
    DOI: 10.1007/s11205-013-0347-2
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    1. Darío Díaz & Amalio Blanco & Miriam Bajo & Maria Stavraki, 2015. "Fatalism and Well-Being Across Hispanic Cultures: The Social Fatalism Scales (SFS)," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 124(3), pages 929-945, December.
    2. Gabriele Prati & Cinzia Albanesi & Luca Pietrantoni, 2016. "The Reciprocal Relationship between Sense of Community and Social Well-Being: A Cross-Lagged Panel Analysis," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 127(3), pages 1321-1332, July.
    3. Cosimo Talò & Terri Mannarini, 2015. "Measuring Participation: Development and Validation the Participatory Behaviors Scale," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 123(3), pages 799-816, September.
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