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Gratitude for, and Regret Toward, Nature: Relationships to Proenvironmental Intent of University Students from Japan

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Abstract:

With university students from Japan as participants, the current study was undertaken to examine the hypothesis that gratitude for and/or regret toward nature positively relate to proenvironmental intent. On the basis of preliminary studies, we constructed a questionnaire containing scales aimed at measuring gratitude, regret, and general feelings or impressions about nature, as well as a scale of proenvironmental intent, which was adapted from frequently-used scales of proenvironmental attitude. The partial regression coefficients of gratitude and regret on proenvironmental intent when general feelings towards nature were controlled suggested that only regret had a significant partial correlation with proenvironmental intent. A complementary study using scenarios about environmental behaviors confirmed the significant contribution of regret toward nature to proenvironmental intent in Japanese students.

Keywords: GRATITUDE; JAPAN; MORAL EMOTION; NATURE; PROENVIRONMENTAL INTENT; REGRET

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2010.38.7.993

Publication date: August 1, 2010

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