Exploring place attachment in rural Missouri
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This research project utilizes Scannell and Gifford's (2010) person-process-place framework to develop a tool of measurement that will: 1) Determine an individual's level of place attachment, and 2) Identify characteristics of individuals that will potentially identify patterns of those who have high place attachment or low place attachment. It is the goal of this research to offer research-based information that will assist researchers and planners as they help communities make positive differences in their lives. To achieve this goal, the goal of this research was to expand the existing place attachment instrument of Williams and Vaske (2003). This Place Attachment Inventory (PAI) is both a reliable and valid instrument that has been utilized in many studies to date. The research reported here has expanded the current scale to include all aspects of the working definition of this construct. In addition to place dependence/place identity, the scale also needs to include statements that measure person and process (affect, cognition, behavior) as indicated in the Scannell and Gifford framework. This tool of measurement was tested utilizing a survey in Anderson, Missouri.
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