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Psychological sense of community in groups on the internet

Forster, Peter M. (2004) Psychological sense of community in groups on the internet. Behaviour Change, 21 (2). pp. 141-146. ISSN 0813-4839

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Psychological sense of community (PSOC) was studied within two types of virtual community and one type of community of place. Fifty-six members of these community groups completed the Sense of Community Index (SCI). An analysis of variance found partial support for the initial hypotheses with the intentional-community-of-place group scoring significantly higher on the SCI than the location-oriented virtual community. The results were discussed in the context of 3 PSOC correlates of depth of disclosure, reciprocity and shared interests/experience. It was concluded that virtual communities may contribute to overall PSOC.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2004 07:09
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 01:51

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