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Environmental Experience and Ecological Identity

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dc.contributor.advisor Guagnano, Greg Allen, Summer
dc.creator Allen, Summer 2013-04-19 2013-12-03T18:33:26Z NO_RESTRICTION en_US 2013-12-03T18:33:26Z 2013-12-03
dc.description.abstract This research explores the relationships among environmental experiences, pro-environmental values and ecological identity using a mixed-methods approach. After intensive interviews revealed categories of environmental experiences, a web survey was implemented using Clayton’s (2003) environmental identity battery; Stern, Dietz and Guagnano’s (1998) brief values instrument; measures of role identity prominence, salience and commitment from Stets and Biga (2009); and items created from the identified experience types. Results show the close relationships among environmental experiences, Biospherism values, and Self-Identification with Nature, but do not support hypothesized links between environmental experiences, values and management of the “environmentalist” role identity. Other interesting links and avenues of inquiry are exposed for future research in this neglected research area.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject environment en_US
dc.subject experience en_US
dc.subject values en_US
dc.subject role identity en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.title Environmental Experience and Ecological Identity en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Arts in Sociology en_US Master's en Sociology en George Mason University en

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