This research was supported in part by the Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University, which has core funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R24HD050959–07).
COLLEGE STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF COLLECTIVE EFFICACY: RESULTS FROM A NONURBAN SAMPLE
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Journal of Community Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 6, pages 762–768, August 2012
How to Cite
Domoff, S. E., Hayman, J. and Tompsett, C. J. (2012), COLLEGE STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF COLLECTIVE EFFICACY: RESULTS FROM A NONURBAN SAMPLE. J. Community Psychol., 40: 762–768. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21498
We acknowledge Hsueh-Sheng Yu and Xinyue Ye for their assistance in data analysis. We also thank Amanda Brust for her feedback on this manuscript.
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Although the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and collective efficacy is well established in urban populations with community samples, it is unclear if this relationship holds in rural areas. The current study fills this gap by assessing the perceptions of adolescents from nonurban areas to examine the relationships between neighborhood characteristics and collective efficacy in areas with lower population density. Our sample comprised 402 late adolescents attending a Midwestern university (average age 19.1 years). Consistent with previous studies using urban neighborhoods, we found that higher concentrated disadvantage was related to lower levels of social cohesion, regardless of population density. However, neither residential stability nor concentrated immigration was predictive of social cohesion. None of the neighborhood characteristics significantly predicted social control, after controlling for population density.