Place-identity as a product of environmental self-regulation

Korpela, K.M., 1989, Place-identity as a product of environmental self-regulation, in: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 9,

  • Author : Korpela, K.M.
  • Year : 1989
  • Journal/Series : Journal of Environmental Psychology
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 9
  • Pages : 241-256
  • Abstract in English : It is argued that the physical environment is used as a means of maintaining the psychic balance of pain and pleasure, and the coherence of one’s self and self-esteem. This interpretation is demonstrated empirically in a pilot study where children were asked to write about their favourite places. The main aim of this study was to elucidate the phenomenon of environmental self-regulation to see whether it is worth further study. It proved to bee so. The assay method used in this study was non-directive in the sense that it allowed pupils to write about any kind of experience in their favourite places. Nonetheless the importance of the physical environment in self-regulation could be demonstrated.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, favourite places, place- identity, place attachment, self-regulation, restorative environments, quality. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research. The research into favourite places is rather theoretical, but in practice people use regularly the same places in natural setting, on plazas, in streets etc. Research, discussion and interpretation may contribute to improvement of the quality of public places.