The college experience: Is there a relationship between place attachment and student satisfaction?
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between place attachment and college student satisfaction. In this study, 150 participants completed the following questionnaires: a demographic questionnaire, the Place Attachment Questionnaire (PAQ; Fitch, Smith, Rozene-Byberg, & Mootz, 2011), and the Freshman Experience Survey II (FES; Nicholas, 1990). It was hypothesized that those who show strong levels of place attachment would show high levels of satisfaction, which was supported. Next, it was hypothesized that women would show stronger levels of place attachment and student satisfaction than men, and this was not supported. Third, it was hypothesized that students of color would have lower levels of place attachment and student satisfaction, which was not supported. Fourth, socioeconomic status was hypothesized to negatively impact student satisfaction and place attachment among students, which was not supported. Finally, students whose parents did not attend college are believed to show low levels of place attachment and student satisfaction, and this was supported. Research, theoretical, and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.