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The contribution of home attachment to the mental health

P. 333-335.
Reznichenko S., Nartova-Bochaver S. K., Dmitrieva N., Braginets E., Бочавер А. А.

Based on the environmental psychology researches (Jorgensen & Stedman, 2006; Korpela et al., 2002; Pretty, et al., 2003) we have assumed that home attachment, being a reflection of subjective satisfaction with home environment and evaluation of home in terms of emotional closeness and place identity, contributes to dwellers’ mental health. To measure home attachment we have modified and adapted Place Attachment Scale developed by J. Inglis (Inglis, 2008). Mental health was measured using Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (Tennant et al., 2007) and А. Antonovsky's Sense of Coherence Scale (Osin, 2007). Participants were 178 young adults (Mage=24.1, 38 males, 140 females). The results have shown that home attachment is a reliable predictor of psychological well-being and sense of coherence; relationships between these variables are reciprocal. Men’s mental health is more dependent on home attachment than women’s one. The lower the level of home attachment is, the more sensitive to it the psychological well-being and sense of coherence are. In discussion, the high importance of instrumental study of home attachment as the predictor of mental health is argued.

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Edited by: C. Pracana. Lisbon: World Institute for Advanced Research and Science, 2016.