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This study examines tourists’ level of emotional solidarity with residents, which has never been done before. A similar factor structure comprised of three dimensions (sympathetic understanding, welcoming nature, and emotional closeness) was found as in previous studies. In addition, each factor yielded a high cronbach coefficient. Three separate linear regressions were conducted to determine if degree of interaction between residents and tourists predicted each of the dimensions within the emotional solidarity scale. Each test was significant (p < 0.05). Implications and future research opportunities are discussed.

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Exploring Tourists’ Emotional Solidarity with Residents of Galveston County, Texas

This study examines tourists’ level of emotional solidarity with residents, which has never been done before. A similar factor structure comprised of three dimensions (sympathetic understanding, welcoming nature, and emotional closeness) was found as in previous studies. In addition, each factor yielded a high cronbach coefficient. Three separate linear regressions were conducted to determine if degree of interaction between residents and tourists predicted each of the dimensions within the emotional solidarity scale. Each test was significant (p < 0.05). Implications and future research opportunities are discussed.