Title

The connectedness to nature scale: A measure of individuals’ feeling in community with nature

Abstract

Five studies assessed the validity and reliability of the connectedness to nature scale (CNS), a new measure of individuals' trait levels of feeling emotionally connected to the natural world. Data from two community and three college samples demonstrated that the CNS has good psychometric properties, correlates with related variables (the new environmental paradigm scale, identity as an environmentalist), and is uncorrelated with potential confounds (verbal ability, social desirability). This paper supports ecopsychologists' contention that connection to nature is an important predictor of ecological behavior and subjective wellbeing. It also extends social psychological research on self-other overlap, perspective taking, and altruistic behavior to the overlap between self and nature. The CNS promises to be a useful empirical tool for research on the relationship between humans and the natural world. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Date

12-1-2004

Publication Title

Journal of Environmental Psychology

Department

Psychology

Additional Department

Environmental Studies

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.jenvp.2004.10.001

Notes

Record for C. Frantz. Additional record for S. Mayer: https://digitalcommons.oberlin.edu/faculty_schol/2433/

Keywords

Environmental attitudes, Energy conservation, Ecological paradigm, Perspective taking, Behavior

Language

English

Format

text

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