Place attachment and recreation experience preference: A further exploration of the relationship

Megha Budruk, Sonja A Wilhelm Stanis

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Place attachment and recreation experience preferences (REP) have received increasing attention in natural resource management, with previous literature (Anderson & Fulton, 2008; Kyle, Mowen, & Tarrant, 2004) indicating that REP predicts place attachment development. This study expands current insight into the relationship between the two concepts. Specifically, we tested two predictive models: the first explored the influence of REP dimensions on place attachment dimensions as tested in previous research; the second explored the influence of place attachment dimensions on REP dimensions alluded to, but not tested, previously. Contrary to expectations, our results did not support the model in which REP predicts place attachment development. Interestingly, our results support the second model and indicate that select place attachment dimensions predict REP dimensions. This positive influence of place attachment on REP dimensions empirically supports the notion that attachment to a setting may influence motivations to visit that setting. Specifically, findings suggest that meaningful social relationships nurtured within the resource encourage visitors to learn, be more knowledgeable, or teach about the resource, and experience quiet, solitude and personal growth. Additionally, respondents' dependence on the resource motivates them to be among others like themselves. Overall, our findings suggest the complexity of REP-place attachment relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-61
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Motives
  • Place dependenc
  • Place identity
  • Social bonding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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