The Socioecological Model of Procommunity Action: The Benefits of Residential Stability

Shigehiro Oishi, Alexander J Rothman, Mark Snyder, Jenny Su, Keri Zehm, Andrew W. Hertel, Marti Hope Gonzales, Gary D. Sherman

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The authors conducted 3 studies to test a socioecological model of procommunity action. Study 1 showed that residents of stable communities purchased a "critical habitat" license plate to support preservation of the environment in their home state more often than did residents of mobile communities. Study 2 demonstrated that home game baseball attendance was less dependent on the team's record in stable cities than in mobile cities. Study 3, an experiment, showed that residential stability had a causal impact on procommunity behavior. Moreover, the effect of stability was partially mediated by identification with the "community." Together, these studies indicate that residential stability can lead to stronger identification with one's community, which, in turn, leads to more procommunity behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-844
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007


  • community
  • residential mobility
  • well-being


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