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The Relationship Between Connectedness to Nature, Environmental Values, and Pro-environmental Behaviours

Pereira, M. and Forster, Peter (2015) The Relationship Between Connectedness to Nature, Environmental Values, and Pro-environmental Behaviours. Reinvention: An international journal of undergraduate research, 8 (2). ISSN 1755-7429

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to investigate (a) the relationship between connectedness to nature and pro-environmental behaviours; (b) the relationship between environmental values and behaviours; and (c) whether or not there is a mediating effect of values in the relationship between connectedness and behaviour. Seventy-six undergraduate students completed an online survey that measured connectedness to nature, egoistic values, altruistic values, biospheric values, pro-environmental behaviours, and social desirability. The results showed that connectedness to nature, altruistic values and biospheric values were positively related to pro-environmental behaviours; and that environmental values partially mediated the relationship between connectedness to nature and pro-environmental behaviour. These results lend support to Wilson's (1984) biophilia hypothesis, which suggests that all humans are innately and emotionally connected to nature, and the value-belief-norm model of Stern, Dietz, Abel, Guagnano and Kalof (1999), which suggests that values activate cognitions that create a positive environmental personal norm to engage in pro-environmental behaviours.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: connectedness to nature, environmental values, pro-environmental behaviour, biospheric values, altruistic values
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Copyright Info: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/reinvention/contributors/copyright/
Depositing User: Peter Forster
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2015 09:25
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 10:22
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4081

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