Reflective Self-Attention: A More Stable Predictor of Connection to Nature Than Mindful Attention

@article{RichardsonMiles2015ReflectiveSA,
  title={Reflective Self-Attention: A More Stable Predictor of Connection to Nature Than Mindful Attention},
  author={RichardsonMiles and SheffieldDavid},
  journal={Ecopsychology},
  year={2015},
  volume={7},
  pages={166-175}
}
Abstract There is much to be gained from understanding the individual differences that predict our connection to nature, as those that are more connected tend to be more caring toward the environment and benefit from better well-being. Study 1 (n = 137) found that reflective self-attention and mindful attention significantly predicted connection to nature, while anxious self-attention had a borderline significant negative association. With the introduction of personality measures, Study 2 (n… 

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