The meaning of home
The meaning of home

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The meaning of home

1 Attachment to place

In this course we are going to consider the way in which people identify and become attached to places, buildings, objects, and how this attachment can contribute to personal well-being or how we feel about ourselves (Low and Altman, 1992). Looking at why places become important provides a basis for asking questions about what happens when people have to move, a common occurrence for people in need of care services.

The purpose of this course is to focus on the psychological environment, how experiences of places support self-identity, contributing to well-being. Given that the domestic home is a central place for most people it is not surprising that much research has looked at the meaning of home and its importance across the life course, especially during periods of home making and home maintaining which can have different effects for men and women (Sixsmith and Sixsmith, 1990; Rubinstein and Parmelee, 1992; Arias, 1993). I will start this section by considering the meaning of home.


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