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The relationship between generalized community satisfaction and residential social status


Rigby, K and Vreugdenhil, AJ, The relationship between generalized community satisfaction and residential social status, Journal of Social Psychology, 127, (4) pp. 381-390. ISSN 0022-4545 (1987) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00224545.1987.9713718


ABSTRACT. Three sets of suburbs in the metropolitan region of Adelaide, South Australia, differing widely in socioeconomic status, were compared with respect to the satisfaction residents felt with their suburb. Contrary to adaptation theory, in each of the four age groups, mean satisfaction, as assessed by the General Community Satisfaction Scale (Vreugdenhil & Rigby, 1986), was significantly greater for residents in the higher status suburbs. In addition, variability in community satisfaction tended to be greater in the lower status suburbs. Generally, occupational status and age of the residents were unrelated to community satisfaction; the exception was in the lowest status set in which the younger residents were significantly less satisfied with their suburb.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
ID Code:71882
Year Published:1987
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-08-12
Last Modified:2012-03-05

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