A comparative analysis of predictors of sense of place dimensions: Attachment to, dependence on, and identification with lakeshore properties

Bradley S. Jorgensen, Richard C. Stedman

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Sense of place can be conceived as a multidimensional construct representing beliefs, emotions and behavioural commitments concerning a particular geographic setting. This view, grounded in attitude theory, can better reveal complex relationships between the experience of a place and attributes of that place than approaches that do not differentiate cognitive, affective and conative domains. Shoreline property owners (N=290) in northern Wisconsin were surveyed about their sense of place for their lakeshore properties. A predictive model comprising owners' age, length of ownership, participation in recreational activities, days spent on the property, extent of property development, and perceptions of environmental features, was employed to explain the variation in dimensions of sense of place. In general, the results supported a multidimensional approach to sense of place in a context where there were moderate to high correlations among the three place dimensions. Perceptions of environmental features were the biggest predictors of place dimensions, with owners' perceptions of lake importance varying in explanatory power across place dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-327
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Environmental perception
  • Lakeshore development
  • Lakeshore property
  • Place attachment
  • Place dependence
  • Place identity
  • Sense of place

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