Development of Street Audience Experience (SAE) scale

Ming Hon Robbie HO, Wing Tung AU

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Street performance (busking) has gained a higher social status in the 21st century. Recently, scholars have argued for its merit in contributing to the quality of urban life. Past studies of street performance have focused on performers and performances; there is a research gap in the literature calling attention to studying street performance from an audience perspective. A Street Audience Experience (SAE) scale was developed based on a Hong Kong sample through an exploratory and a confirmatory stage over 3 parts of study. In the exploratory stage, interviews and a quantitative survey were conducted and followed by an exploratory factor analysis to inform a hypothetical factor model. In the confirmatory stage, another survey was conducted and followed by a confirmatory factor analysis to validate the model. Six factors of street audience experience were confirmed: emotion, intellect, interaction, novelty, place, and technique. Based on the SAE scale, the relations between the audience's experience of street performance and their behavioral intentions are also discussed. Copyright © 2018 American Psychological Association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-470
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


Ho, R., & Au, W. T. (2018). Development of Street Audience Experience (SAE) scale. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 12(4), 453-470.


  • Busking
  • Street performance
  • Audience experience


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