The purpose of this paper is to examine the complex relationships between common bond attachment, common identity attachment, self-esteem and virtual community citizenship behavior (VCCB). This study identifies two broad categories of VCCB: citizenship behaviors directed toward benefitting other individuals (VCCBI) and citizenship behaviors directed toward benefitting the virtual community (VCCBC).
The authors apply partial least squares structural equation modeling to test the hypotheses, using a sample of 388 valid responses.
The results indicate that common bond attachment and common identity attachment have a significant effect on self-esteem, which, in turn, has a significant effect on VCCBI and VCCBC. The results also indicate that common bond attachment has a significant effect on VCCBI, and that common identity attachment has a significant effect on VCCBC.
This study contributes to a better understanding of VCCBs through common identity and common-bond theory, social identity theory and the stimulus-organism-response framework.
Chiu, C.-M., Huang, H.-Y., Cheng, H.-L. and Hsu, J.S.-C. (2019), "Driving individuals’ citizenship behaviors in virtual communities through attachment", Internet Research, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 870-899. https://doi.org/10.1108/INTR-07-2017-0284
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