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Identification of Six Emergent Types Based on Cognitive and Affective Constructs that Explain Individuals’ Relationship with the Biosphere

Department of Psychology, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
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Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7614; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187614
Received: 11 June 2020 / Revised: 14 August 2020 / Accepted: 24 August 2020 / Published: 16 September 2020
To address the pathological human–nature nexus, psychological processes that impact this relationship need to be further understood. Individual differences related to personality, values, worldviews, affect, and beliefs are likely to influence how people relate to the natural world. However, there is a lack of empirically-based ecopsychological research exploring multiple individual attributes. Understanding individual differences enables the strategic design of planetary-focused interventions, such as advocacy, policy, and technology development. Using a theoretical model that incorporates intrinsic, affective, cognitive, and behavioral constructs, this study sought to identify and describe different types of people and their relationship with the biosphere. Seven hundred and fifty-three people completed an online quantitative questionnaire battery. Results from the cluster analyses of the cognitive and affective constructs showed that six heterogeneous types existed. Their different descriptive expressions of intrinsic, affective, cognitive, and behavioral constructs provide a deeper understanding of each type’s relationship with the biosphere. View Full-Text
Keywords: typologies; environmental concerns; values; interventions; ecopsychology typologies; environmental concerns; values; interventions; ecopsychology
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Marais-Potgieter, A.; Thatcher, A. Identification of Six Emergent Types Based on Cognitive and Affective Constructs that Explain Individuals’ Relationship with the Biosphere. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7614.

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