Neighborhood Care and Neighborhood Bonds: An Unequal Relationship

M. Carmen Hidalgo, Pilar Moreno-Jiménez*, Gabriel Muiños, Bernardo Hernández

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Research in environmental psychology has found a positive relationship between place bonds and behaviors related to care and maintenance of place. Although this relationship has been analyzed in natural environments, it has been less frequently studied in urban environments and has yielded contradictory results. The aim of this study is to analyze behavior related to care and conservation of neighborhood and its possible relationship to place bonds, as well as to other variables that we think may be important in explaining this behavior. The participants were 407 residents from eight different neighborhoods with different sociodemographic characteristics in one Spanish city. The results indicate that the relationship between attachment and behavior is significant only in residents with higher socioeconomic levels. These findings may help to explain the contradictory results found in the literature. Other variables which are significant in explaining neighborhood care are social norms, residential satisfaction, and support for protection policies. Place identity was not found to be significantly correlated with neighborhood care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-600
Number of pages30
JournalEnvironment and Behavior
Issue number6
Early online date3-Jul-2020
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jul-2021


  • neighborhood care
  • place attachment
  • pro-environmental behavior
  • residential satisfaction
  • social norms

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