Abstract

Attachment is considered a universal human experience that occurs throughout the lifecycle, which provides an opportunity for both self-expression as well as connection to others. However, the greatest challenge for attachment researchers is to integrate diverse perspectives and approaches to define the construct. This study synthesized literature from relevant disciplines (i.e., psychology, marketing and human geography) to provide a comprehensive reflection upon the concept of destination attachment. A four-dimension construct of destination attachment was proposed, and its influence on revisit intention was also examined. This study provides an integrated view of the destination attachment definition, and further empirically examines the validity and reliability of the four-dimensional construct.

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Towards an Integrative Model of Destination Attachment: Dimensionality and Influence on Revisit Intention

Attachment is considered a universal human experience that occurs throughout the lifecycle, which provides an opportunity for both self-expression as well as connection to others. However, the greatest challenge for attachment researchers is to integrate diverse perspectives and approaches to define the construct. This study synthesized literature from relevant disciplines (i.e., psychology, marketing and human geography) to provide a comprehensive reflection upon the concept of destination attachment. A four-dimension construct of destination attachment was proposed, and its influence on revisit intention was also examined. This study provides an integrated view of the destination attachment definition, and further empirically examines the validity and reliability of the four-dimensional construct.