Linking place preferences with place meaning: An examination of the relationship between place motivation and place attachment Academic Article uri icon


  • Using data collected from residents surrounding a large urban park setting, we examined the relationship between their motivation to visit the park and their attachment to the setting. Based on the literature suggesting that natural environments provide humans with a variety of desired psychological, social, and physiological outcomes, we hypothesized that these outcomes would motivate respondents to interact with the park environment and facilitate the development of their attachment to the setting. Our data were analysed using covariance structure analysis. The results of this analysis offered partial support for our hypothesized model. Using multidimensional conceptualizations of motivation and place attachment, we observed that not all dimensions of motivation had a significant effect on the dimensions of place attachment. The valence of the significant predictors, however, was consistent with our hypotheses and prior literature. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kyle, G. T., Mowen, A. J., & Tarrant, M.

citation count

  • 287

publication date

  • December 2004