UNDERSTANDING SENSE OF COMMUNITY THROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD SATISFACTION AND SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES

Elif Kutay Karacor, Berfin Senik

Abstract


Declining sense of community is observed in communities faced with modern conditions. Deterioration of sense of community is associated with most social problems, and researchers from several disciplines are concerned with sense of community and try to make theoretical or practical contributions to this field. The aim of this study is to develop models that explain sense of community by neighborhood satisfaction and socio-demographic variables and contribute to urban design and the planning literature. The study was conducted in the neighborhoods of Duzce city. Face to face interviews were conducted with 801 inhabitants using a stratified sampling method. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were used to predict sense of community. We found that neighborhood satisfaction, gender, age, having children, place of birth, income level and length of residence were predictors of sense of community. In conclusion, satisfaction from neighborhood public spaces should be considered to increase sense of community, and inhabitants should be encouraged to use public spaces in which social ties can develop.


Keywords


sense of community; neighborhood satisfaction; hierarchical multiple regression

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