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Family structure and community attachment


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

Many rural communities in South Dakota are losing population. The loss of residents threatens immediate and future sustainability of these communities. This study investigated if there was an association between family structure and community attachment. Youth (N = 182) from 13 rural communities participated in the study. All participants were in 9th through 12th grades in South Dakota schools. Buckner’s Neighborhood Cohesion Instrument was used to determine attachment to the community. Family structure, length of time in the community, and divorce rates were hypothesized to be related to community attachment.

Family structure was not found to be a significant factor in community attachment. Length of time lived in the community was significantly associated with attachment. Youth that lived with both biological married parents had lived in the community for significantly longer periods of time. Community divorce rate was not found to be associated with community attachment in this study. Community attachment is affected by many factors. Understanding these factors is important as small rural communities seek solutions to remain viable.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social research;
Individual & family studies
Classification
0344: Social research
0628: Individual & family studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Family structure and community attachment
Author
Bair, Sherri S.
Number of pages
89
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0205
Source
MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124195001
Advisor
Oscarson, Renee
University/institution
South Dakota State University
University location
United States -- South Dakota
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1485809
ProQuest document ID
749770401
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/749770401
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