Nature Relatedness as a Facilitator to Utilizing the Natural World as a Coping Strategy to Reduce Stress
Previous research demonstrated that exposure to the natural world is positively correlated with both physiological and psychological measures of stress reduction. This study investigated whether participants who scored highest on a nature relatedness scale also utilized nature as a stress-reduction coping strategy at higher rates than their less-nature related peers. Determining if high nature-related individuals seek out nature for stress reduction was novel to this study. College students completed an online survey measuring their perceived stress, common stress coping strategies, and extent of nature relatedness. Correlational analysis of the survey data found a moderate positive correlation between nature relatedness and utilizing nature to reduce stress. Findings also suggest that high nature-related individuals prefer actual interactions with nature rather than less direct nature representations.Cite as: Podszus, R. & Daffin, L. W., Jr. (2017, March). Nature Relatedness as a Facilitator to Utilizing the Natural World as a Coping Strategy to Reduce Stress. Poster session presented at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Pullman, WA.
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