Appreciation of nature and appreciation of environmental protection: How stable are these attitudes and which comes first?

Kaiser, Florian G.; Brügger, Adrian; Hartig, Terry; Gutscher, Heinz (2014). Appreciation of nature and appreciation of environmental protection: How stable are these attitudes and which comes first? Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée/European Review of Applied Psychology, 64(6), pp. 269-277. Elsevier 10.1016/j.erap.2014.09.001

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Introduction. – Attitude toward nature and attitude toward environmental protection are two separate but correlated attitudes. Little is known about the two attitudes’ stability/volatility over time, despite the practical value of such knowledge. Objectives & method. – Using longitudinal survey data from 251 adults in a cross-lagged structural equation model, we assessed the degree of spontaneous (i.e., unprompted) change in the two attitudes. We also considered whether such change could provide evidence regarding causal direction; causation could go in either of two directions between the two attitudes, or it could even be bi-directional. Results. – We corroborated the substantive connection between attitude toward nature and attitude toward environmental protection; however, the absence of change in the attitudes despite the passage of two years disallows reliable statements about causal direction. Conclusion. – It is possible to protect the environment by encouraging appreciation of nature, but change in attitude toward nature and attitude toward environmental protection may be difficult to achieve with mature individuals.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management > Consumer Behavior

UniBE Contributor:

Brügger, Adrian

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1162-9088

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Adrian Brügger

Date Deposited:

26 Mar 2015 17:17

Last Modified:

26 Mar 2015 17:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.erap.2014.09.001

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.66442

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/66442

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