Establishing reliability and construct validity for an instrument to measure environmental connectedness

Thomas H. Beery

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Abstract

The purpose of this preliminary study is to establish a reliable and valid measure of environmental connectedness (EC) to allow for further exploration of the Swedish Outdoor Recreation in Change national survey data. The Nordic concept of friluftsliv (nature-based outdoor recreation) and the environmental psychology concept of EC are explored to provide a foundation for the research. Reliability and construct validity testing on items from the Outdoor Recreation in Change survey have been tested and have demonstrated both reliability and construct validity. A reliable and construct valid measure of EC will facilitate research into the possible relationships between EC, nature-based outdoor recreation, and environmental behavior. A better understanding of these relationships may serve to further understanding of the human relationship with nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-93
Number of pages13
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

Keywords

  • construct validity
  • environmental connectedness
  • friluftsliv
  • nature-based outdoor recreation
  • reliability

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