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Title: Public Attitudes Toward Ecological Restoration

Author: Bright, Alan D.; Barro, Susan C.; Burtz, Randall T.;

Date: 2002

Source: Society and Natural Resources 15(9):763-785

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: We examined the relationship between attitudes toward urban ecological restoration and cognitive (perceived outcomes, value orientation, and objective knowledge), affective (emotional responses), and behavioral factors using residents of the Chicago Metropolitan Region. Positive and negative attitudes were both related to perceived outcomes of ecological restoration. In addition, positive attitudes were related to values while negative attitudes were related to emotions. Attitudes of high and low importance groups were connected to perceived outcomes of ecological restoration; however, attitudes of the high importance group were also related to values, emotions, and behavior. Positive and negative attitude groups differed on perceived outcomes, basic beliefs, knowledge, and behavior. Implications lie in understanding of complex attitudes toward natural resource issues and improved communication efforts to influence or educate the public.

Keywords: affective factors, attitudes, attitude direction, behavioral factors, cognitive factors, ecological restoration, issue importance, knowledge, value orientations

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Bright, Alan D.; Barro, Susan C.; Burtz, Randall T. 2002. Public Attitudes Toward Ecological Restoration. Society and Natural Resources 15(9):763-785


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