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The Effect of Pets and Nature on Environmental Identity and Connection to Animals

By Victoria Whitaker, Kellye Kohn, Alice Fontana, Linda Kunce

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This study examined environmental identity and connection to animals in college students. Previous research has suggested that exposure to animals and nature can increase caring for both animals and nature itself. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four video conditions and analyzed for differences in mood, environmental identity, and connectedness to animals after the viewing of these videos. No significant differences were found between experimental groups for environmental identity or connectedness to animals, but it was found that those who viewed an animal reported greater improvement in mood, and that this effect differed based on whether the animal was inside or outside. Results did indicate that those who owned pets during childhood reported higher levels of environmental identity than those who did not own pets. The findings of this study suggest the need for more research to determine how connection with nature and animals can best be nurtured.

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Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Publisher Illinois Wesleyan University
URL http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/jwprc/2013/posters/11/
Language English
Notes This poster was found at Digital Commons at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU): http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Victoria Whitaker; Kellye Kohn; Alice Fontana; Linda Kunce (2013), "The Effect of Pets and Nature on Environmental Identity and Connection to Animals," http://habricentral.org/resources/2609.

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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Nature
  4. Physical environment
  5. Social Environments
  6. Studies