Assessing environmental stewardship motivation

Bramston, Paul and Pretty, Grace and Zammit, Charlie (2011) Assessing environmental stewardship motivation. Environment and Behavior, 43 (6). pp. 776-788. ISSN 0013-9165

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Abstract

Environmental stewardship networks flourish across Australia. Although the environment benefits, this article looks to identify what volunteers draw from their stewardship. The authors adapted 16 questions that purportedly tap environmental stewardship motivation and administered them to a convenience sample of 318 university students and then to 88 people living in rural Australia, who were either active members of environmental groups or voiced concern about local environmental issues. The results suggest that the measure consisting of these questions demonstrates acceptable internal consistency. Factor analyses support three relatively independent aspects of environmental stewardship motivation: (a) developing a sense of belonging, (b) caretaking the environment, and (c) expanding personal learning. Scores on the scale were not strongly correlated with well-being, suggesting that the scale measures more than general feelings of positive affect. Discussion focuses on the benefits of being able to reliably assess environmental stewardship motivation and areas for further development of the scale.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 11:55
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 22:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: stewardship motivation; social belonging; environmental concern; ecological knowledge
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1177/0013916510382875
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19999

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