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A Study on Turkish middle school students’ nature relatedness, attitudes and behaviors toward the environment

Özdemir, Mine
The aims of the present study were defined as (1) to assess nature relatedness level, attitudes toward the environment and responsible environmental behaviors of the Turkish middle school students and (2) to examine the predictive power of nature relatedness, and attitudes toward the environment on responsible environmental behaviors. Data was collected from 908 middle school students via knowledge of Turkish version of Nature Relatedness (NR) scale, Environmental Attitude Scale and Children Responsible Environmental Scale (CREB). The result of the present study demonstrated that students’ nature relatedness and attitudes toward the environment were high. The students were worried about human actions and impacts on all living things and had an ecological identity with nature but their physical familiarity was respectively low. Besides, they gave a value for nature because nature owns sake rather than the welfare of human beings. Also, the students were willing to take physical actions to solve or help environmental issues. However, they hesitated to encourage or persuade someone. Data were analyzed according to multiple linear regression analysis. It was found out that there was a statistically significant association between nature relatedness, and attitudes toward the environment with environmentally responsible behaviors.