Conceptualization and measurement of dimensionality of place attachment

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Chen, N, Dwyer, L & Firth, T 2014, 'Conceptualization and measurement of dimensionality of place attachment', Tourism Analysis, vol. 19, pp. 323-338.

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To extend the discussion and application of place attachment to tourism-relevant contexts, this article proposes two neglected dimensions: place memory and place expectation. Combining these dimensions, a six-dimension construct of place attachment is tested using confirmatory factor analysis and found to be a good fit for data collected from two places: Sydney, Australia and Shanghai, China. The new dimensionality includes an individual’s past experience and future expectations of his/her attachment to a place, and thus has a potential to interpret one’s attachment to a place based on a shorter term stay. The implications of the study for researchers and destination managers are discussed.