WOMEN’S ATTACHMENT AND CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES OF RECREATIONAL PARKS IN KLANG VALLEY, MALAYSIA

Nadzirah Khairrussalleh, Norhuzailin Hussain, Norsidah Ujang

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26687/archnet-ijar.v12i3.1683

Abstract

Childhood experiences influence attachment to recreational parks and green spaces in women’s adulthood. Studies have shown that the adults’ frequency of visiting recreational parks is correlated with the frequent visits during their childhood. This study examines women’s attachment and their childhood experiences. Questionnaire surveys were distributed to 510 women (as park users) involving two public parks namely Bukit Kiara and Bukit Jalil Recreational Parks. Results show majority of the respondents spent their leisure time in the parks for relaxing with family members. Most of the women were attached to the greenery of the landscape in the parks, as they associated the recreational park with relaxation and peaceful. The women’s childhood experiences with nature were identified as having a memorable family time, which was correlated with their positive attachment of the recreational park as adults. The findings can guide the park managers, planners and designers in providing a park that is responsive to the women’s needs and demands that can contribute to their emotional and social well-being.


Keywords

place attachment; childhood experience; health; women; recreation

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