Environmental attitude as a mediator of the relationship between psychological restoration in nature and self-reported ecological behavior

K. Byrka, T. Hartig, F.G. Kaiser

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Abstract

Environmental attitude and ecological behavior were investigated in relation to the use of nature for psychological restoration. Specifically, with survey data from 468 German university students, the role of environmental attitude was investigated as a mediator of the restoration-behavior relationship. Assuming that positive experiences in nature can have a broad influence on environmental attitudes, the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) scale, an attitudinal measure with broad scope, was adopted. Hierarchical regression analyses indicated partial mediation by environmental concern. The study helps to consolidate the restoration theme in the growing literature on positive motivations for ecological behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-859
Number of pages13
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume107
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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