Gratitude for, and regret toward, nature: Relationships to proenvironmental intent of university students from Japan

Takashi Naito1, Tomoko Matsuda1, Pachongchit Intasuwan2, Wiladlak Chuawanlee2, Supaporn Thanachanan2, Jarun Ounthitiwat2, Meiko Fukushima3
1Ochanomizu University, Japan
2Srinakahrinwirot University, Thailand
3Sakushin Gakuin University, Japan
Cite this article:  Naito, T., Matsuda, T., Intasuwan, P., Chuawanlee, W., Thanachanan, S., Ounthitiwat, J., & Fukushima, M. (2010). Gratitude for, and regret toward, nature: Relationships to proenvironmental intent of university students from Japan. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 38(7), 993-1008.

Volume 38 Issue 7 | e2040 | Published: August 2010 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2010.38.7.993

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With university students from Japan as participants, the current study was undertaken to examine the hypothesis that gratitude for and/or regret toward nature positively relate to proenvironmental intent. On the basis of preliminary studies, we constructed a questionnaire containing scales aimed at measuring gratitude, regret, and general feelings or impressions about nature, as well as a scale of proenvironmental intent, which was adapted from frequently-used scales of proenvironmental attitude. The partial regression coefficients of gratitude and regret on proenvironmental intent when general feelings towards nature were controlled suggested that only regret had a significant partial correlation with proenvironmental intent. A complementary study using scenarios about environmental behaviors confirmed the significant contribution of regret toward nature to proenvironmental intent in Japanese students.

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