Sense of community in Hong Kong: Relations with community‐level characteristics and residents’ well‐being

Winnie W. S. MAK, Yuen Man Rebecca CHEUNG, Lawrence S. C. LAW

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Abstract

Sense of community (SOC) has been one of the most studied topics in community psychology. However, no empirical study to date has investigated SOC in Hong Kong and its relations with community characteristics and residents’ psychological well‐being. A representative sample of 941 Hong Kong Chinese based on a randomized household survey was conducted in all 18 districts in Hong Kong. Results of hierarchical linear modeling indicated that SOC was not associated with sociodemographic indicators on both the individual‐level (i.e., gender, age, family income, education level, type of residence, and area‐to‐capita ratio of residence) and the community‐level (i.e., proportion of individuals with tertiary education, median family income, ownership of residence, population density, and resident stability). SOC was negatively related to daily hassles and positively with social support and quality of life. Conceptualization of SOC in Hong Kong was discussed. Copyright © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-92
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Volume44
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Citation

Mak, W. W. S., Cheung, R. Y. M., & Law, L. S. C. (2009). Sense of community in Hong Kong: Relations with community‐level characteristics and residents’ well‐being. American Journal of Community Psychology, 44(1-2), 80-92. doi: 10.1007/s10464-009-9242-z

Keywords

  • Sense of community
  • Quality of life
  • Community indices
  • Hong Kong

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