Journal of Social Sciences

Factors Influencing Commitment of Volunteers' in Neighborhood Watch Organization

V. B. Thomas, S. Selvadurai, A. C. Er, N. Lyndon and R. Moorthy

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2011.569.574

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 7, 2011

Pages 569-574

Abstract

Problem statement: Social ties become less cohesive as society becomes urbanized. The need for social institutions to redress this state of affairs is crucial. There are two objectives of this research: (i) to examine the commitment level of volunteer residents participation in neighborhood watch organization and (ii) to identify attitudinal and motivational factors that influence their level of commitment. Approach: The study was carried out on a neighborhood watch organization called Rukun Tetangga (RT) Taman Sri Jelok, a suburban neighborhood in Kajang, located in the central part of Peninsular Malaysia. Data is collected via questionnaire administered through a census survey of 200 volunteer residents from the neighborhood watch organization. Data is analyzed using descriptive statistics and correlation techniques. Results: The research reveals high commitment level shown by volunteer residents in carrying out community activities, especially in undertaking mutual cooperation activities such as gotong royong. The attitudinal and motivational factors were found to contribute greatly towards the volunteers

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© 2011 V. B. Thomas, S. Selvadurai, A. C. Er, N. Lyndon and R. Moorthy. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.