Exploratory study of skills for promoting community activities in Japan

[Speaker] Takahashi, Naoya:1
1:Rissho University (Japan)

Management and facilitation skills, in addition to social skills are required to promote community activities. The structure of skills required for promoting community activities was investigated. Japanese people involved in volunteer activities (N = 56) participated in the study. Results indicated that skills for promoting community activities comprised four factors; "Hospitality Skills," "Listening skills," "Independent-minded skills," and "Back-to-basics skills." Of these, Hospitality skills promoted the intention to continue with volunteer activities. Moreover, commitment and the sense of unity with volunteer organizations did not promote the intention to continue volunteer activities. In addition, the validity of the Skills Scale for promoting regional activities was discussed on the basis of correlations between its subscale scores and attitudes toward cooperation with public administration and neighborhood associations.
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