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Spring 2015


Purpose: Numerous studies have explored the importance of a sense of community on community participation (Mahatmya & Lohman, 2012; Lenzi, Vieno, Pastore, & Santinello, 2013; Talo, Mannarini, & Rochira, 2014). Other studies have examined the importance of social capital on civic engagement (De Donder, De Witte, Buffel, Dury, & Verte, 2012). However, few empirical studies have explored the longitudinal impact of the “neighboring” behaviors during adolescence on community participation in adulthood.

This study assesses the impact of “neighboring” behaviors during adolescence on adult community participation as measured by civic participation, political participation, and trust in government.