Sense of Community
Sense of Community
A psychological sense of community is a term intended to describe the experience and feeling of a community rather than a description of its structure and rules. This psychological sense of being is one of the foundational concepts in the field of Community Psychology.
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Sense of Community | Tags: Featured ResearchPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyWe can improve the effectiveness of afterschool programs by setting high expectations for youth, encouraging staff teamwork and engagement, and providing opportunities for staff to personally identify with youth they are serving.Read More
Posted in: Environment, Sense of Community | Tags: Featured ContentIn an increasingly fractured world, we search for visceral places to make human contact. Working together on a shared goal increases a sense of community by way of enhancing a person’s individual happiness. It’s a classic win-win! Sure, community gardens promote “feel good” spaces detoxing us from traffic and urban sprawl by enticing our spirits […]Read More
Posted in: Prevention Science, Sense of Community | Tags: Featured ResearchPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyIt is intuitive that social support and positive interactions within communities are linked to better physical and emotional health for individual community members. However, we have not be able to say, from a research standpoint, how or why this is the case. In Sharing Positive Experiences Boosts Resilient Thinking: Everyday Benefits of Social Connection and […]Read More
Posted in: Sense of CommunityPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyImmigration policy is debated around the globe. Xenophobia abounds. Yet, one of every 30 people live outside of their country of birth. Immigrants and longer-term residents often transform their sense of community—their feelings of belonging and mattering to the community, and beliefs that they will meet their needs through the community—in the new communities they […]Read More