The brief sense of community scale: Testing dimensionality and measurement invariance by gender among Hispanic/Latinx youth

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

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Abstract

Psychological sense of community is defined as feelings of belongingness and a shared belief that community members will meet one another's needs. Psychological sense of community has four dimensions: membership, influence, needs fulfillment, and emotional connection. In this study, multigroup confirmatory factor analysis was used to examine the first and second-order factor structure of the brief sense of community scale (BSCS) between male and female Hispanic/Latinx adolescents from an urban community (N = 947). To help validate the BSCS model, the second-order factor model was tested with regression to predict the measures of intrapersonal psychological empowerment and ethnic identity, as constructs conceptually related to psychological sense of community. Findings support that: (1) psychological sense of community can be measured through the BSCS and as a four-factor model among Hispanic/Latinx youth, supporting McMillan and Chavis's (1986) original theoretical discussions; (2) while no differences between genders were present at the model-level, there was path-specific variation; and (3) intrapersonal psychological empowerment and ethnic identity were associated with psychological sense of community.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • brief sense of community scale
  • confirmatory factor analysis
  • gender
  • Hispanic/Latinx adolescents
  • psychological sense of community

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