DOI: 10.1177/00139165231212321 ISSN: 0013-9165

Systematic Review of Explicit Instruments Measuring Nature Connectedness: What Do We Know and What is Next?

Ximena Tiscareno-Osorno, Yolanda Demetriou, Adilson Marques, Miguel Peralta, Rafael Jorge, Tadhg E. MacIntyre, Deirdre MacIntyre, Stephen Smith, David Sheffield, Marc V. Jones, Jürgen Beckmann, Dorothea M. I. Schönbach
  • General Environmental Science

This systematic review assesses the methodological quality of manuscripts focusing on scales that explicitly measure nature connectedness. A literature search in six electronic databases was conducted using a search strategy based on PICO guidelines. Only peer-reviewed primary research available in English language, published between 2000 and 2021, meeting the scope of this review were included. Data from 35 studies were narratively analyzed. Their methodological quality was assessed using the COSMIN Risk of Bias checklist. Only five studies were rated as high/adequate quality. Based on the findings we make the following recommendations: (a) the need for the development of a more universal nature connectedness construct, (b) the requirement to increase the methodological quality of the scales, (c) the need to identify which the scales measure trait or state, (d) the need to increase the validate scales cross-culturally, and (e) the need to develop scales that can be employed with non-adult samples.

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