Choosing to belong : the influence of choice on social identification and psychological sense of community

Obst, Patricia L. & White, Katherine M. (2007) Choosing to belong : the influence of choice on social identification and psychological sense of community. Journal of Community Psychology, 35(1), pp. 77-90.

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The influence of choice on individuals’ social identification and Psychological Sense of Community (PSOC) with their group memberships is a little examined area. The current study examined participants’ (N = 219) level of social identification and PSOC across multiple group memberships that differ in the degree of choice associated with membership. In addition, consideration was given to the influence of contextual salience on the relationship between choice and social identification and PSOC. Results indicated that, controlling for contextual salience, choice was positively associated with levels of social identification and PSOC.

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ID Code: 4489
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Choice, Psychological Sense of Community
DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20135
ISSN: 0090-4392
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons
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Deposited On: 16 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:33

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