An exploration of the interplay between psychological sense of community, social identification and salience

Obst, Patricia L. & White, Katherine M. (2005) An exploration of the interplay between psychological sense of community, social identification and salience. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 15(2), pp. 127-135.

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Past research indicates that there is a strong relationship between the constructs of Psychological Sense of Community (PSOC) and social identification. The current study draws on data (N = 219) examining participants’ membership in a number of different communities to present an examination of the relationship between these constructs. In particular, the study examines the relative strength of the separate aspects of social identification (based on Cameron’s 2004, Three Factor Model of Social Identification) as predictors of overall PSOC, accounting for situational salience. Results indicate that Ingroup Ties is consistently the strongest predictor of PSOC and that the strength of Ingroup Affect and Centrality alter according to the group or community context. The theoretical implications of these results are discussed in terms of the interplay and overlap of these important community processes.

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ID Code: 4486
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social Identity, Salience, Psychological Sense of Community
DOI: 10.1002/casp.813
ISSN: 1052-9284
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons
Copyright Statement: The definite version is available on publication at
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:13

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