The relationship between sense of place and the subjective quality of life of rural Australians

Zammit, Charlie and Pretty, Grace and Bramston, Paul (2004) The relationship between sense of place and the subjective quality of life of rural Australians. In: 39th Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, 29 Sep-3 Oct 2004, Sydney, Australia.


Attention to the sociophysical context of everyday life has proven to be informative in understanding many aspects of wellbeing. This paper considers the extent to which one's relationship with place, defined as one's geographic residential community, is related to one's perceptions of quality of life. Sense of place is conceptualised as representing the psychological dimensions of person-place relationships, including place identity (cognitive), place attachment (emotive) and place dependence (behavioural. Adults in several rural communities of Queensland Australia completed a survey including the Comprehensive Quality of Life scale (Cummins, 1997) and the Sense of Place survey Qorgensen & Stedman,2001). Findings indicated moderate correlations between the total ComQol score and place attachment (r = .31), identity (.29) and dependence (.33). Investigation of the individual domains of ComQol showed material wellbeing and emotional wellbeing to be most strongly related to all aspects of sense of place, whereas relationship wellbeing was related to attachment and dependence, and community participation to identity. Consideration of the different aspects of sense of place in relation to quality of life are discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:55
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 02:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: well being; psychological testing; surveys
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2004.tb01899.x

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