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Adult attachment theory and attachment to place: exploring relationships between people and places

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Title
Adult attachment theory and attachment to place: exploring relationships between people and places
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Date Record Created
2012-10-10
Date Record Modified
2013-11-01
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
2000 to 2000
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Geospatial Location
  • North Queensland, Australia
Description
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  1. Type: brief

    This study investigates the relationships between place attachment and interpersonal attachment especially in relation to the home environment.

  2. Type: full

    The primary goal of this thesis was to apply an interpersonal attachment model to place attachment. Four broad research questions were addressed, the first of which concerned links between place and interpersonal attachment. The second was to identify attachment style differences in the experience of childhood places and the current home. The third research question examined whether the bonds that we form with place can in fact be classified as attachment bonds, with characteristics similar to those that we form with people. The final research question focused on the composition and structure of the network of places in which people live, and how they relate to those places.The research was conducted across two studies, using a questionnaire battery which contained a combination of new and published, qualitative and quantitative measures. The first study, using a sample of 99 undergraduate students (age 17- 55), investigated the relationship between interpersonal and place attachment and examined attachment style differences in the experience of place using favourite childhood places, the present home, and personal possessions as the primary objects of attachment. The results provided evidence of the predicted associations between interpersonal and place attachment styles, but failed to support an association between place and possession attachment. The study also illustrated both place and interpersonal attachment style differences in the experience of childhood places and current homes. Secure place and interpersonal attachment were associated with time spent with others and higher levels of positive affect, whereas insecure place and interpersonal attachment were associated with higher levels of negative affect, and the recall of negative memories of childhood places. The second study, with a sample of 105 adults (age 18-79), examined the structure of the network of places in which people live and how they relate to those places and the network of people that they interact with. It also investigated place and interpersonal attachment, and personality style differences in the composition of those attachment networks and examined whether or not relationships with place can be classified as 'attachment bonds'. The results provided evidence of the predicted associations between interpersonal and place attachment styles, but failed to support an association with the Big Five personality traits. Relationships with several types of place were confirmed as attachment bonds based on the use of these places for a range of attachment functions (e.g. using the place as a safe haven and secure base; evidence of hypothetical sense of loss). Attachment style differences in the interaction between people and the places listed in their attachment network were also illustrated. Those who were securely attached to place valourised their current home whereas those who were insecurely attached valourised previous homes, leisure environments and holiday destinations. Overall the current research suggests empirical support for the proposed theoretical links between interpersonal and place attachment. It also supports the proposition that our relationships with place are attachment bonds with similar characteristics to those identified for interpersonal attachment. Theoretical implications as well as future directions for research are outlined in relation to the findings.

Related Publications
  1. McBain, Kerry Anne (2010) Adult attachment theory and attachment to place: exploring relationships between people and places.
    PhD thesis, James Cook University.
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  1. Managed by: Dr Kerry McBain , School of Arts & Social Sciences
  2. Enriched by: Dr Peter Raggatt , School of Arts & Social Sciences
Primary Contact
Dr Kerry McBain, kerry.mcbain@jcu.edu.au
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Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 170113 - Social and Community Psychology (170113) (170113)
  2. 170102 - Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102) (170102)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 970117 - Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117) (970117)
Keywords
  1. attachment theory
  2. place attachment
  3. possession attachment
  4. psychology of place
  5. attachment to place
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Research Themes
People and Societies in the Tropics
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All rights are reserved by Kerry McBain
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School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, 4811, Australia, Tel: +61 (7) 4781 6390, Fax: (07) 4781 4064
Citation
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McBain, Kerry.; Raggatt, Peter. (2012). Adult attachment theory and attachment to place: exploring relationships between people and places. James Cook University. (dataset). jcu.edu.au/tdh/collection/5826405c-d54c-43f8-a015-39c6ee98dc7f