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Psychological restoration in nature as a source of motivation for ecological behaviour
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9970-9164
2007 (English)In: Environmental Conservation, ISSN 0376-8929, E-ISSN 1469-4387, Vol. 34, no 4, 291-299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

People may behave in environmentally friendly ways because they gain psychologically from their experiences in natural environments. Psychological benefits of nature experience may also underlie concerns about personally harmful effects of environmental problems. Cross-sectional survey data from 1413 Norwegian adults were used to assess the relationship between use of natural environments for psychological restoration and ecological behaviour, as mediated by personal environmental concern. Mediation tests with hierarchical regression analyses provided evidence of partial mediation; the use of natural environments for restoration remained a significant predictor of ecological behaviour after the entry of environmental concern into the analysis. These associations held independently of age, gender, education, household income, size of community of upbringing, size of community of current residence and distance of current residence from an outdoor recreation area. Among sociodemographic variables, only gender had a significant association with the use of natural environments for restoration, suggesting that their use transcends several important social categories in Norway. In short, positive experiences in natural environments may promote ecological behaviour.

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2007. Vol. 34, no 4, 291-299 p.
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conservation behaviour, demographic characteristics, ecological behaviour, environmental attitudes, environmental concern, nature experience, psychological restoration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-16441DOI: 10.1017/S0376892907004250ISI: 000255376700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-16441DiVA: diva2:44212
Available from: 2008-05-23 Created: 2008-05-23 Last updated: 2016-05-02Bibliographically approved

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