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Childhood Experiences in Nature & Young Adult Environ Attitude, Behaviour

Key Message

Positive attitudes and actions towards the environment may be fostered in childhood.

Source

Broom, Catherine. (2017). Exploring the Relations Between Childhood Experiences in Nature and Young Adults’ Environmental Attitudes and Behaviours. Australian Journal of Environmental Education. 33(1): 34-47. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/aee.2017.1. Published online: 16 February 2017

Purpose

This article presents the findings of a research study with young adults who explored the connections between their early childhood experiences in nature and their attitudes and actions towards the environment in adulthood. The study's survey tool invited young adults to select various options that described their experiences in nature as children and their views of, and actions towards, the environment in the present. 

Evidence

The findings illustrated connections between childhood experiences in nature and later views of, and actions towards, the environment.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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