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Town Mouse or Country Mouse: Identifying a Town Dislocation Effect in Chinese Urbanization
Wang, Fei1,2; Li, Shu1,3; Bai, Xin-Wen1; Ren, Xiao-Peng1; Rao, Li-Lin1; Li, Jin-Zhen1; Liu, Huan1,4; Liu, Hong-Zhi1; Wu, Bin1; Zheng, Rui1

Understanding urbanization and evaluating its impact are vital for formulating global sustainable development. The results obtained from evaluating the impact of urbanization, however, depend on the kind of measurement used. With the goal of increasing our understanding of the impact of urbanization, we developed direct and indirect subjective indicators to measure how people assess their living situation. The survey revealed that the projected endorsements and perceived social ambiance of people toward living in different types of settlements did not improve along with the urbanization level in China. The assessment scores from the city dwellers were not significantly different from those from the country areas and, more surprisingly, both were significantly higher than the assessment scores of the town dwellers, which we had expected to fall between the assessment scores of the country and city dwellers. Instead their scores were the lowest. We dubbed this V-shaped relationship the "town dislocation effect." When searching for a potential explanation for this effect, we found additional town dislocation effects in social support, loss aversion, and receptivity toward genetically modified food. Further analysis showed that only social support mediated the relationship between the three tiers of settlements (cities, country areas, and towns) and the subjective indicator. The projected endorsements yielded significant subjective assessments that could enhance our understanding of Chinese urbanization. Towns posed specific problems that require special attention.

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Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Xiamen Univ, Sch Journalism & Commun, Xiamen, Peoples R China
3.Jinan Univ, Sch Management, Guangzhou, Guangdong, Peoples R China
4.Nanchang Univ, Ctr Mental Hlth, Nanchang, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
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Wang, Fei,Li, Shu,Bai, Xin-Wen,et al. Town Mouse or Country Mouse: Identifying a Town Dislocation Effect in Chinese Urbanization[J]. PLOS ONE,2015,10(5):1-14.
APA Wang, Fei.,Li, Shu.,Bai, Xin-Wen.,Ren, Xiao-Peng.,Rao, Li-Lin.,...&Zheng, Rui.(2015).Town Mouse or Country Mouse: Identifying a Town Dislocation Effect in Chinese Urbanization.PLOS ONE,10(5),1-14.
MLA Wang, Fei,et al."Town Mouse or Country Mouse: Identifying a Town Dislocation Effect in Chinese Urbanization".PLOS ONE 10.5(2015):1-14.
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