Nature is scary, disgusting, and uncomfortable

Bixler, R.B. & M.F. Flod, 1997, Nature is scary, disgusting, and uncomfortable, in: Environment and Behavior, 29, 4

  • Author : Bixler, R.B. & M.F. Flod
  • Year : 1997
  • Journal/Series : Environment and Behavior
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 4
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 29
  • Pages : 443-467
  • Abstract in English : The relationships between fear expectation, disgust sensitivity, desire for modern comforts, and preference for wildland and built environments and related activities were examined. Those (450 eighth grade students) with high fear expectancy etc. and desire for modern comforts were more likely to prefer manicured park settings and urban environments and to dislike wildland environments. Research has consistently demonstrated that a wide range of benefits accrues to people from contact with natural environments. Yet, these benefits are available only to those who have and want access to wildlands. The subjects used in this study were adolescents enrolled in middle school. The results suggest that even at this age, negative perceptions of wildlands are already playing a role in recreational preferences and future occupation choices.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, attitude, preferences, nature experience, nature. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research.