Title:

Nature contact, nature connectedness and associations with health, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272494419301185?via%3Dihub
Summary:

This study investigated the relationships between three types of nature contact, psychological connectedness, health, subjective wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours. It suggests that interventions increasing both contact with, and connection to nature, are likely to be needed in order to achieve synergistic improvements to human and planetary health.

Highlights:

Contact with, and psychological connectedness to the natural world are both associated with various health and sustainability-related outcomes. To date, though, the evidence base has been fragmented. Using a representative sample of the adult population of England (4,960 people), we investigated the relationships between three types of nature contact, psychological connectedness, health, subjective wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours within a single study. We found that specific types of nature contact, as well as individual differences in nature connectedness, were differentially associated with aspects of health, well-being and pro-environmental behaviours. Living in a greener neighbourhood was, unrelated to any wellbeing or sustainability outcomes. By contrast, visiting nature at least once a week was positively associated with general health and household pro-environmental behaviours. Moreover, people who watched/listened to nature documentaries reported higher levels of both pro-environmental behaviours. Nature connectedness was positively related to eudaimonic wellbeing and both types of pro-environmental behaviour. Moreover, connectedness moderated key relationships between nature contact, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours. The complexity of our findings suggests that interventions increasing both contact with, and connection to nature, are likely to be needed in order to achieve synergistic improvements to human and planetary health. 

  • Visiting nature at least once/week was associated with better health.
  • Nature connectedness was positively related to eudaimonic wellbeing.
  • Nature connectedness was positively associated with pro-environmental behaviours.
  • Viewing nature documentaries was positively associated with pro-environmental behaviour.
  • Connectedness moderated relationships between nature contact and outcome variables.
Topics: Environment:, Climate change mitigation, Energy efficiency, Sustainable landscaping, Sustainable transportation, Water efficiency, Health Promotion, Environmental health, Pollution prevention, Sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation, Clean Air
Location: United Kingdom
Resource Type: strategies and interventions
Publisher: Elsevier:Journal of Environmental Psychology
Date Last Updated: 2020-11-03 18:08:34

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