The Relationship Between Children's Neighborhood Attachment and Their Place Use: A Cross-Sectional Study in Ankara

Aşçı, Yağmur
The positive and negative feelings about an environment begin at a very young age. The physical changes that we observe in neighborhood environments affect not only children's spatial behavior but also their psychological development. There are increasing concerns about the adverse effects of contemporary planning and design practices on children. However, far less is known empirically about how children’s neighborhood activities (in terms of types and intensity) are associated with children’s neighborhood attachment. This thesis aims to contribute to the creation of neighborhood environments that are frequently used, loved and attached by children. To this end, two main research questions are posed. The data of the thesis is collected from a large-scale project conducted in Ankara. The data was obtained from a participatory place attachment mapping and survey, which were conducted with 11-to-14-year-old children living in two neighborhoods of this city. The collected data set were transferred to GIS (n=125). Thereafter, to answer research questions, correlation and independent samples t-test analyses were applied with the help of IBM SPSS Statistics. Children’s survey results were linked to the outcomes of the mapping activity to understand the effects of the neighborhood activities. The results show that there is no statistical correlation between children’s activities and attachment. However, they also show that the environments where children lives affect their attachment, activity types and intensity. The thesis concludes with further research and the implications of these findings.


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Citation Formats
Y. Aşçı, “The Relationship Between Children’s Neighborhood Attachment and Their Place Use: A Cross-Sectional Study in Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.