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Disconnected: What Can We Learn from Individuals with Very Low Nature Connection?

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School of Education and Social Work, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4HN, UK
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School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4HN, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(13), 8021; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138021
Received: 25 May 2022 / Revised: 24 June 2022 / Accepted: 28 June 2022 / Published: 30 June 2022
While nature connection, which describes a positive relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world, has been a focus of numerous research studies in the last few decades, relatively little attention has been paid to nature disconnection. While the majority of the populations reported in most studies tend to be highly connected, there is a small percentage of those who feel they have no connection to the natural world. In this paper, we examine this novel construct of nature disconnection through secondary analysis of existing data from the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment survey (MENE) by Natural England. From our analysis of this disconnected population, we can see that they are more likely to be young (16–24 years old), male, not employed and living in rented accommodation. We also observe that they have lower levels of life satisfaction and pro-environmental behaviours. We go on to present an initial theoretical discussion as to the origins of disconnection and propose further research directions to tackle the under-theorisation of this construct. View Full-Text
Keywords: nature connection; nature disconnection; wellbeing; pro-environmental behaviours nature connection; nature disconnection; wellbeing; pro-environmental behaviours
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Barrable, A.; Booth, D. Disconnected: What Can We Learn from Individuals with Very Low Nature Connection? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 8021. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138021

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Barrable A, Booth D. Disconnected: What Can We Learn from Individuals with Very Low Nature Connection? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(13):8021. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138021

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Barrable, Alexia, and David Booth. 2022. "Disconnected: What Can We Learn from Individuals with Very Low Nature Connection?" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 13: 8021. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138021

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