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dc.contributor.authorBrossoie, Nancy Elizabethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:42:07Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:42:07Z
dc.date.issued2003-05-05en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-07282003-203531en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/34220
dc.description.abstractMany older adults are electing to age in place within their communities. Even though they may be frequent consumers of community programs and services, their role as contributors to community well-being should not be overlooked. Sense of community is a core dimension of well-being because the connections associated with sense of community are important for everyday life. The model in this study was developed to explore the effects of community connections (community capacity, ease of making connections, active participation in the community, and informal supports) and demographic variables on sense of community. A probability sample of 1,499 adults 65 years and older that resided in rural areas responded to questions concerning their sense of community and community connections. Using multiple regression analysis, results indicate that community capacity, ease of connecting with others in the community, and having an informal support network are significant in predicting sense of community. Nonsignificant associations were found with regard to participation in community activities, age, sex, health status, and length of time living in the county. These findings suggest that key dimensions of aging (age, sex, health status) are less relevant when addressing sense of community when compared to associations and connections. Factors that predict sense of community may be amenable to community-level interventions, thus allowing for the development of sense of community among community members, which could ultimately lead to their participation as community resources.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartBrossoiethesis.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectcommunity connectionsen_US
dc.subjectsense of communityen_US
dc.subjectolder adultsen_US
dc.subjectcommunity capacityen_US
dc.titleCommunity Connections and Sense of Community among Older Adultsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMancini, Jay A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRoberto, Karen A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBlieszner, Rosemaryen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-07282003-203531/en_US
dc.date.sdate2003-07-28en_US
dc.date.rdate2004-08-19
dc.date.adate2003-08-19en_US


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