What is it about?
School belonging is an important construct, yet its measurement remains understudied. In this publication, we address this gap in knowledge by analyzing the measurement properties of a popular measure of sense of belonging to college. We conducted factor analyses to explore and confirm the factor structure of the measure; looked at how the measure performs with different groups of individuals, across gender and race; and tested how this measure relates to other measures of school belonging and related constructs.
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Why is it important?
This is the first published study looking at the psychometric properties of Walton and Cohen's (2007) influential and widely used measure of college belonging, the Sense of Social Fit Scale. The results of our study shed light on the various components of college belonging and how they are related to one another and to other constructs (e.g., stress, life satisfaction) for various groups of students. Moreover, the results offer guidance to researchers about how to use and score this measure in their own research studies.
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This page is a summary of: Measuring college belongingness: Structure and measurement of the Sense of Social Fit Scale., Journal of Counseling Psychology, April 2023, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/cou0000668.
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