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

Wilkie, Stephanie and Trotter, Hannah (2021) Pro-environmental attitudes, pro-environmental behaviours and nature-relatedness: Differences based on place preference. European Review of Applied Psychology. ISSN 1162-9088 (In Press)

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Abstract

Introduction: This study explored whether place preference, an individual’s relationship
with place, differentiated people on pro-environmental attitudes, nature-relatedness
and pro-environmental behavior.
Objective: The aim was to provide a way to segment people and potentially inform
behavior change messaging strategies targeting pro-environmental action.
Method: Online participants reported an urban/nature place preference, completed a
sense of place measure in reference to this categorisation, followed by counterbalanced
nature-relatedness, pro-environmental attitudes and pro-environmental
behaviour measures.
Results: 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.
Conclusion: 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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Leah Maughan
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2021 13:54
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2021 13:55
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/14153
ORCID for Stephanie Wilkie: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2829-9959

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