Measuring love and care for nature

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Title Measuring love and care for nature
Author Perkins, Helen Elizabeth
Journal Name Journal of Environmental Psychology
Editor R. Gifford
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This study aimed to develop a psychometrically sound measure of the construct of love and deep caring for nature as an expression of people's personal and explicitly emotional relationship with nature. Expert opinion and pre-pilot surveys were employed for refinement of the item pool, and a sample of 307 university students was used in a major pilot study aiming to further purify scale items. A field trial was conducted using a sample of 261 tourists at leisure with nature. The final 15-item Love and Care for Nature (LCN) scale is differentiated from established measures of similar constructs, and demonstrates high internal consistency and sound validity. This research extends the psychological frameworks of environmental altruism, and has also taken the philosophical concept of biophilia, as love for nature, into the operational realm by making it perceptible and measurable.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2010.05.004
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 30
Issue Number 4
Page from 455
Page to 463
ISSN 0272-4944
Date Accessioned 2010-08-30
Date Available 2011-01-20T05:58:06Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34266
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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