The relationship between place attachment and landscape values : Toward mapping place attachment

Brown, Gregory and Raymond, Christopher (2007) The relationship between place attachment and landscape values : Toward mapping place attachment. Applied Geography, 27 2: 89-111. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2006.11.002

Author Brown, Gregory
Raymond, Christopher
Title The relationship between place attachment and landscape values : Toward mapping place attachment
Journal name Applied Geography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0143-6228
Publication date 2007-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.apgeog.2006.11.002
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 89
End page 111
Total pages 23
Place of publication Oxford, England, U.K.
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines the relationships between place attachment and landscape values using two measures of place attachment-a psychometric, scale-based measure [Williams, D. R., & Vaske, J. J. (2003). The measurement of place attachment: Validity and generalisability of a psychometric approach. Forest Science, 49(6), 830-840] and a map-based measure derived from mapped special places [Brown, G. (2005). Mapping spatial attributes in survey research for natural resource management: Methods and applications. Society and Natural Resources, 18(1), 17-39]. We first examine the external validity of a two-dimensional, psychometric place attachment scale in Australia and its relationship with place-based landscape values. The place attachment scale and landscape value measures were included in a mail survey of residents and visitors to the Otways region (Victoria, Australia). Exploratory factor analysis of resident subgroups and visitors demonstrate the place attachment scale consists of two dimensions with high reliability. We use regression analysis to show that landscape importance values, especially spiritual and wilderness values, are significant predictors of the scale-based measure of place attachment. We then examine the relationship between a map-based measure of place attachment and landscape values. We use spatial cross-correlation and regression analyses to show that aesthetic, recreation, economic, spiritual, and therapeutic values spatially co-locate with special places and thus likely contribute to place attachment. We argue that survey mapping of landscape values and special places provides a reasonable proxy for scale-based measures of place attachment while providing richer, place-based information for land use planning. We conclude by introducing the concept of a map-based place attachment index and suggest that survey-based measures of landscape values and special places can be used to assess the risk associated with landscape modification. We provide a map showing one possible place attachment index for the Otways region and discuss its potential application. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Local values
Participatory GIS
Place attachment
Scale Development
Sense of place
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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