Visitation to Natural Areas on Campus and its Relation to Place Identity and Environmentally Responsible Behaviors

Research
TitleVisitation to Natural Areas on Campus and its Relation to Place Identity and Environmentally Responsible Behaviors
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsLawrence, EK
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume43
Issue2
Pagination93 - 106
Date Published2012/01/01/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordsenvironmentally responsible behavior, outdoor recreation, place identity
AbstractThis study examined college students’ visits to natural areas on campus and how these visits relate to place identity and environmentally responsible behaviors. The majority (76.5%) of the 115 participants visited the natural areas, and 55.7% of these students visited for a course requirement. Students who lived on campus, were younger, and majored in environmental studies, humanities, or arts made more frequent visits. Among those who had visited the natural areas (n = 88), place identity and environmental responsibility were related to visitation frequency, and were stronger for those who had visited for a course requirement. Place identity mediated the relationship between visiting for a course requirement and environmental behaviors, but did not mediate the impact of visitation frequency.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2011.604654