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Countryside connectionsOlder people, community and place in rural Britain$
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Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Robin Means, and Vanessa Burholt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310303

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310303.001.0001

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Connecting with community

Connecting with community

the nature of belonging among rural elders

Chapter:
(p.95) Four Connecting with community
Source:
Countryside connections
Author(s):

Vanessa Burholt

Nigel Curry

Norah Keating

Jacquie Eales

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310303.003.0004

This chapter reviews the literature on place attachment and then empirically tests conceptual models of place attachment (based on the literature) to identify the predictors of, and the pathways to, place attachment. The results of the mediation analysis demonstrate that there are distinct pathways to three kinds of connectivity between older people and the places in which they live: social attachment to place, aesthetic attachment to place and amenity/ environment-oriented physical attachment. The results demonstrate that there are discrete types of place attachment which are differentially influenced by social or environmental factors at each level of the ecological model and by the passage of time. We reflect on the applicability of our findings to those from Canadian rural communities that formed a parallel project to the UK research.

Keywords:   place attachment, social attachment to place, belonging, person-environment fit, social networks, aesthetic attachment to place

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