Research has conclusively found that a sense of community also described as social support, social cohesion, etc. Community Science has been the leader in the field in the measurement of a sense of community. The authors describe sense of community using four elements: membership, influence, meeting needs, and a shared emotional connection. Community Science developed the measurement tool to help assess sense of community. It is the most frequently used measurement of sense of community among researchers and practitioners globally. The original tool was a item scale.
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The Sense of Community Index SCI is the measure most frequently used in the social sciences to gauge a sense of community. The SCI is based on a theory presented by McMillan and Chavis that a sense of community is a perception with an affective component. The theory identifies four elements of a sense of community: membership, influence, meeting needs, and a shared emotional connection. Prior studies have validated the SCI by demonstrating that it has been a strong predictor of behaviors such as participation in voluntary associations and health and community outcomes. The SCI has a true-false response set and only three items in each subscale that affects their reliability.
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