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Pro-environmental attitudes, pro-environmental behaviours and nature-relatedness: Differences based on place preference

Wilkie, Stephanie and Trotter, Hannah (2022) Pro-environmental attitudes, pro-environmental behaviours and nature-relatedness: Differences based on place preference. European Review of Applied Psychology, 72 (2). ISSN 1162-9088

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This study explored whether place preference, an individual's relationship with place, differentiated people on pro-environmental attitudes, nature-relatedness and pro-environmental behavior.

The aim was to provide a way to segment people and potentially inform behavior change messaging strategies targeting pro-environmental action.

Online participants reported an urban/nature place preference, completed a sense of place measure in reference to this categorisation, followed by counter-balanced nature-relatedness, pro-environmental attitudes and pro-environmental behaviour measures.

Participants reported moderate-to-high levels of sense of place generally and place attachment specifically. Positive associations between sense of place, nature relatedness, pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours existed; but differed by place preference. Correlations were positive in the nature preference group but negative or non-significant in the urban preference group. Individuals with a nature preference reported higher nature-relatedness, pro-environmental attitudes and pro-environmental behavior.

The results suggest place preference can discriminate individuals on a range of pro-environmental concepts and may have potential for behavior change strategies targeting these outcomes.

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Author: Stephanie Wilkie ORCID iD
Author: Hannah Trotter

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