Social Indicators Research

, Volume 142, Issue 3, pp 1031–1053 | Cite as

Analyzing the Dimensionality of Place Attachment and Its Relationship with Residential Satisfaction in New Cities: The Case of Sadra, Iran

  • Elham HesariEmail author
  • Mina Peysokhan
  • Abbas Havashemi
  • Dariush Gheibi
  • Mitra Ghafourian
  • Fatemeh Bayat


During the recent decades, new cities have been set up around Iranian main cities, after exclusive pre-planning and investigations. However, no significant research studies have concentrated on the level of place attachment (PA) and residential satisfaction (RS) of those residing in these areas, with regard to the existing apparent differences compared to older cities. The present study took advantage from the data gathered in Sadra new city initially to examine PA as a second order factor and then, to assess its relationship with RS. To do so, a survey was conducted on 201 respondents from Sadra new city and confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling (SEM) were used to explore research model. The results of these analyses confirmed that PA as a second order factor consists of four identified dimensions, namely: place identity, place dependence, place social bonding, and place affect. Moreover, SEM analysis indicated appropriate level of goodness of fit demonstrated by the model proposed in this study, showing positive and significant effect of PA variable on RS.


Place attachment Residential satisfaction New city Sadra Iran Structural equation model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and ArtIslamic Azad University of ShirazShirazIran
  2. 2.TehranIran
  3. 3.Department of ArchitectureA.B.A. Institute of Higher EducationQazvinIran
  4. 4.Department of Architecture and UrbanismIslamic Azad University of Tehran Science and Research (Alborz) BranchKarajIran
  5. 5.Department of Architecture and UrbanismIran University of Science and TechnologyTehranIran
  6. 6.Islamic Azad University of Science and Research BranchTehranIran

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