Natural area visitors' place meaning and place attachment ascribed to a marine setting

Wynveen, Christopher J., Kyle, Gerard T., and Sutton, Stephen G. (2012) Natural area visitors' place meaning and place attachment ascribed to a marine setting. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 32 (4). pp. 287-296.

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Investigations of place have often focused on either place meaning (utilizing interpretive designs) or place attachment (using quantitative measures). Rarely have researchers explored the association between place meaning and place attachment. Hence, this investigation was designed to explore how individuals' attachment to a natural environment is reflected in their depictions of why the resource is meaningful.

We began with 20 key informant interviews designed to identify the meanings visitors ascribed to places in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The meanings identified were used to create a questionnaire, addressing the thoughts and feelings that visitors ascribed to the marine park, which was administered to a larger sample (n = 324) of visitors to the marine park. Results suggest that, as a particular meaning becomes more salient to the individual, the individual has a distinctive cognitive, emotional, and behavioral response to the meaning—evoking a greater degree of attachment.

Item ID: 22887
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1522-9610
Keywords: place meaning; place attachment; marine settings; Great Barrier Reef
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 00:19
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified @ 75%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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