Testing the factor structure of the brief sense of community scale among black girls and the relationship with ethnic identity, empowerment and social support

Ijeoma Opara, David T. Lardier, Pauline Garcia-Reid, Robert J. Reid

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Abstract

Research on Psychological Sense of Community (SOC) among Black girls are limited due to lack of validated measures for this group. Using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), the first and second-order factor structure of the Brief Sense of Community Scale (BSCS) used to measure Psychological SOC was examined using a sample of Black girls from an urban community (N = 340). Using a regression-based approach, the second-order five-factor model of the BSCS was also examined with intrapersonal psychological empowerment (PE), social support, and ethnic identity as conceptually related variables. Findings support that: (1) psychological SOC can be conceptualized and measured through four dimensions among Black girls; and (2) intrapersonal PE, social support, and ethnic identity were significantly associated with SOC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106095
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume127
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Black girls
  • Community
  • Ethnic identity
  • Measurement
  • Youth

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