The Seven Pathways to Nature Connectedness: A Focus Group Exploration

Date

2018-11

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European Journal of Ecopsychology

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Article

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Yes

Abstract

The Biophilia hypothesis has been a catalyst for research on the human-nature relationship, with connection to nature an important area. However, the mechanisms involved in achieving this connection have not been explored in a systematic way. Three focus groups were conducted using the Biophilia hypothesis as a framework to explore how connectedness to nature can be achieved from the perspective of individuals who engage with nature through the Biophilic values. Seven themes emerged from the thematic analysis: investigating nature through scientific enquiry, engaging the senses, creating idyllic nature, noting nature through artistry, nature conservation, growing food and engaging with wild nature. Nature connectedness may result from specific interactions with nature with the seven pathways having implications for both the formation and maintenance of nature connectedness. The factors identified should inform interventions to increase the nature connectedness of individuals with a low connection but further empirical study is required.

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open access article

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Psychology, Nature Connection, Biophilia, Qualitative

Citation

Lumber, R., Richardson, M. and Sheffield, D. (2018) The Pathways to Nature Connectedness: A Focus Group Exploration. European Journal of Ecopsychology, 6, pp. 47-68

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Institute for Psychological Science