Scale development for environmental perception of public space

Ming Hon Robbie HO, Wing Tung AU

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Abstract

We developed a psychometric scale for measuring the subjective environmental perception of public spaces. In the scale development process, we started with an initial pool of 85 items identified from the literature that were related to environmental perception. A total of 1,650 participants rated these items on animated images of 12 public spaces through an online survey. Using principal component analyses and confirmatory factor analyses, we identified two affective factors (comfort and activity) with 8 items and six cognitive factors (legibility, enclosure, complexity, crime potential, wildlife, and lighting) with 22 items. These eight factors represent the core attributes underlying environmental perception of public spaces. Practicality of the scale and limitations of the study are also discussed. Copyright © 2020 Ho and Au.

Original languageEnglish
Article number596790
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Citation

Ho, R., & Au, W. T. (2020). Scale development for environmental perception of public space. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, Article 596790. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.596790

Keywords

  • Scale development
  • Environmental perception
  • Public place
  • Public space
  • Urban

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