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

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  • Annamaria Di Fabio

    () (Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology (Psychology Section), University of Florence, 50135 Florence, Italy)

  • Marc A. Rosen

    () (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5, Canada)

Abstract

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.

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  • Annamaria Di Fabio & Marc A. Rosen, 2019. "Accounting for Individual Differences in Connectedness to Nature: Personality and Gender Differences," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(6), pages 1-10, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:11:y:2019:i:6:p:1693-:d:215810
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    1. Annamaria Di Fabio & José María Peiró, 2018. "Human Capital Sustainability Leadership to Promote Sustainable Development and Healthy Organizations: A New Scale," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(7), pages 1-11, July.
    2. Jessica Morgan & Tom Farsides, 2009. "Psychometric Evaluation of the Meaningful Life Measure," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 10(3), pages 351-366, June.
    3. Marc A. Rosen, 2009. "Energy Sustainability: A Pragmatic Approach and Illustrations," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(1), pages 1-26, March.
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    1. Mirko Duradoni & Annamaria Di Fabio, 2019. "Intrapreneurial Self-Capital and Connectedness to Nature within Organizations," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(13), pages 1-11, July.

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    Keywords

    Connectedness to nature; personality traits; gender differences; individual differences; psychology of sustainability and sustainable development;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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