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Accounting for Individual Differences in Connectedness to Nature: Personality and Gender Differences

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Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology (Psychology Section), University of Florence, 50135 Florence, Italy
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Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5, Canada
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Sustainability 2019, 11(6), 1693; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11061693
Received: 14 February 2019 / Revised: 6 March 2019 / Accepted: 18 March 2019 / Published: 21 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development)
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In the psychology of sustainability and the sustainable development framework, regarding the specific focus on the natural environment, the construct of connectedness to nature is studied in depth for its potential for environmental management. The present research focuses on individual differences, examining the relationships between connectedness to nature and the Big Five personality traits in 459 Italian university students. This work analyzes whether gender differences emerge with respect to connectedness to nature, answering a more exploratory research question, since previous studies have not considered this aspect. The results show that agreeableness and extraversion are positively associated with connectedness to nature in Italian university students. No gender differences emerged with respect to connectedness to nature. Also, the relationship between connectedness to nature and personality traits was mainly found to be gender invariant. Future perspectives for research and intervention are offered in the psychology of sustainability and the sustainable development framework. View Full-Text
Keywords: Connectedness to nature; personality traits; gender differences; individual differences; psychology of sustainability and sustainable development Connectedness to nature; personality traits; gender differences; individual differences; psychology of sustainability and sustainable development
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Di Fabio, A.; Rosen, M.A. Accounting for Individual Differences in Connectedness to Nature: Personality and Gender Differences. Sustainability 2019, 11, 1693.

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