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Specifics of the personal preferences of personally important places in adolescents according to study profiling and geographic location.

Špecifiká v preferenciách osobne významných miest u adolescentov v závislosti od študijnej profilácie a geografickej lokality

Autor:

Eva Naništová, Filozofická fakulta, Trnavská univerzita, Trnava, enanist@gmail.com

Júlia Halamová, Pedagogická fakulta, Univerzita Komenského, Bratislava, julia.halamova@gmail.com

ISSN: 1335-3608

Abstract

Environmental preference is generally defined as the inverse function, which causes conflict and insecurity in some surroundings. In the environmental psychology, environmental preference is defined as a complex process influenced by both personality factors and objective characteristics of the environment that could be examined as a function of different levels of environmental quality across its coherence, legibility, mystery, complexity and personal relevance (familiarity). In this paper the authors analyze the specifics of personally important places of Slovak adolescents. The sample consisted of 436 students from all graduation classes of 8 regions in Slovakia. Qualitative analysis of graduation essays 'The place where I always love to return' in Slovak language identified 11 categories of personally significant places. Subsequent statistical analysis showed significant differences in the personally important places with regard to study profiling of graduates (human, technical, general, scientific, artistic and commercial) and also depending on the individual regions of Slovakia. The research findings confirm the importance of the place concept and place attachment in shaping identity in the context of globalization.

Bibliographic information

NANIŠTOVÁ, Eva – HALAMOVÁ, Júlia. Specifics of the personal preferences of personally important places in adolescents according to study profiling and geographic location. Individual and Society, 2012, Vol. 15, No.1.

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