One for all? : connectedness to nature, inclusion of nature, environmental identity, and implicit association with nature

A Brügger, F.G. Kaiser, N. Roczen

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Abstract

Pleasurable experiences in nature are suspected to promote a personal connection with nature, and subsequently, nature conservation in individuals. Using an Internet-based survey employing a convenience sample of the general population (N = 1,309), we developed a connection-with-nature instrument that relies on only simple self-reflection. That is, connection with nature is indirectly derived from inspecting reports of past bonding activities and responses to evaluative statements reflecting an appreciation of nature. As such, our instrument is intellectually easy and not particularly taxing to respond to. Although conceptualized as an attitude, our new Disposition to Connect with Nature scale converged with other connection-with-nature measures – with only one exception – and, simultaneously, turned out to be technically superior with regard to accuracy and validity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-333
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Psychologist
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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