Nature connectedness and nature exposure interactively influence social dominance orientation and policy support for marginalized groups during the COVID-19 pandemic

Henry Kin Shing NG, Angel Nga Man LEUNG

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Abstract

Social dominance orientation (SDO) has been reported to predict attitudes and behavior toward the natural environment. This research investigated whether dispositional connectedness with and temporary exposure to nature would reversely alter SDO. Two studies reported consistent results: Nature connectedness predicted lower SDO, and exposure to nature (vs. urban) decreased SDO only among nature-connected people. Moreover, the effect of nature exposure was strongest when the environment registered high security features. Study 2 generalized the findings on SDO to people's policy support for marginalized groups in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings are discussed in the light of the transition from people-to-nature connections to interpersonal connections and the heterogeneity of nature's effect. We conclude by discussing the importance of nature exposure, of which people have been deprived since the global lockdown, in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironment and Behavior
Early online dateJul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 2021

Citation

Ng, H. K. S., & Leung, A. N. M. (2021). Nature connectedness and nature exposure interactively influence social dominance orientation and policy support for marginalized groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. Environment and Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00139165211031198

Keywords

  • Nature connectedness
  • Nature exposure
  • Social dominance orientation
  • COVID-19

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