Strongly attached but not so happy? Comparing the relationship between place attachment and subjective well-being in native and non-native residents in Ibaraki, Japan

[Speaker] Kaida, Naoko:1
1:The University of Tsukuba (Japan)

It is known that place attachment enhances subjective well-being, but this relationship may depend on where individuals grow up. The present study aimed to reveal this relationship by the place of birth. A mailed questionnaire survey was used to collected data from residents in Ibaraki Prefecture (n = 271) to compare place attachment, place identity, place commitment, and subjective well-being between two subgroups divided by the place of birth, Ibaraki (native) and other prefectures (non-native). Place attachment, identity, and commitment were found significantly higher in the native group compared to the non-native group (3.62 vs 3.24, t(269) = 16.10; 3.19 vs 2.76, t(269) = 16.86; 3.77 vs 3.38, t(269) = 16.17, all p < 0.0001), whereas subjective well-being was lower in the former group (3.91 vs 4.25, t(269) = 5.64, p < 0.01). The results suggest that native residents could enhance subjective well-being by reacknowledging their sense of place attachment.
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