No better place than here: adolescents' sense of place and their use of community sites and activities to feel better

Pretty, Grace and Imison, A. and Reimann, A. (2003) No better place than here: adolescents' sense of place and their use of community sites and activities to feel better. In: 38th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2003, 2-5 Dec 2003, Perth, WA.

Abstract

This paper reports on the role of young people's sense of, and use of, place as they cope with difficulties in their everyday life. Participants aged 13 to 18 completed questionnaires that assessed sense of place dimensions of identity, attachment and dependence, and completed short essays on their favourite places and where they chose to go when feeling distressed or unhappy. They also indicated their knowledge and use of 'youth programs' constructed for their assistance and entertainment. Findings indicated that access to public sites, both natural and built environments, is important to the every day coping strategies of young people. Some distinguished between favourite place and the place that is their source of comfort. While some of these sites were described in terms of the people present for support and activities, many were identified in terms of the physical surroundings. Issues of adolescent sense of place within the residential community, and their perceptions of accessibility to 'adult territory', are discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 04 May 2010 10:23
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: senses and sensation; adolescent psychology; psychology; physical and virtual places
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Children's/Youth Services and Childcare
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7904

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