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THE ECOLOGY OF EXPERIENCE: EXAMINING ENVIRONMENTAL MEMORY, BEHAVIOR, AND WELL-BEING ACROSS LIFESPAN TRAJECTORIES

Annamaria Lammel

Abstract

Exposure to nature during childhood promotes mental and physical well-being in pro-environmental attitudes (Van Heezik,2021). Different factors can also contribute: time spent in nature, preference for landscapes, exposure to biodiversity as well as the connection with nature. It is therefore important to understand the events experienced during childhood and which will shape environmentally conscious attitudes in adulthood in order to promote ecological values, protection and restoration of the environment (Wells & Lekies, 2006). This is the first study to integred different components: environmental moral (which includes attitudes and values) and memory. A total of 100 adults (M = 36 years and 1 month, 289 womens, 46 mens) participated in the study. They were recruited by survey on social network. The material of our study consists of two questionnaires in order to be able to identify values, attitudes towards the environment (L.S. Moussaouia and al. 2016) and whether adults who had one or more experiences during their childhood reactivated the patterns left in their memory concerning environmental behavior (NM. Wells, KS. Lekies, 2006). Regarding childhood experience, individuals had a positive experience with nature when they were accompanied by someone. Environmental education was also part of their involvement. After correlation analysis, adults who have had nature-related experiences and attachment will tend to have more pronounced pro-environmental attitudes and values than adults who have not had direct experiences with nature . The results highlight that individuals have environmental attitudes and values (such as protection, admiration and aesthetic values). Individuals have therefore kept a trace in memory which allows them to have an environmental morality based on attitudes and values transmitted during childhood. In future research, it would be interesting to delve deeper into the elements on environmental activities in nature at school in a longitudinal approach.
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hal-04596017 , version 1 (31-05-2024)

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A Lesenecal, Annamaria Lammel. THE ECOLOGY OF EXPERIENCE: EXAMINING ENVIRONMENTAL MEMORY, BEHAVIOR, AND WELL-BEING ACROSS LIFESPAN TRAJECTORIES. Impact 2024, Apr 2024, Porto (Portugal), Portugal. ⟨hal-04596017⟩
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