Nature connectedness and eudaimonic well-being: spirituality as a potential mediator

Trigwell, Jasmine L., Francis, Andrew J. P. and Bagot, Kathleen L. (2014) Nature connectedness and eudaimonic well-being: spirituality as a potential mediator. Ecopsychology, 6 4: 241-251. doi:10.1089/eco.2014.0025

Author Trigwell, Jasmine L.
Francis, Andrew J. P.
Bagot, Kathleen L.
Title Nature connectedness and eudaimonic well-being: spirituality as a potential mediator
Journal name Ecopsychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1942-9347
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/eco.2014.0025
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 6
Issue 4
Start page 241
End page 251
Total pages 11
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert Inc. Publishers
Language eng
Abstract Although psychological benefits of natural environments continue to be established, explaining this relationship remains somewhat elusive. Ecological-self theory proposes that the well-being of humans and the well-being of nature are interwoven, whereby well-being is experienced through a spiritual interconnectedness with all things. This study aimed to (1) explore the relationships between nature connectedness, nonreligious spirituality, and six dimensions of eudaimonic well-being and (2) examine the role of spirituality as a mediator of the nature connectedness/well-being relationship. Using snowball recruitment, 155 females and 61 males aged between 18 and 77 years (M=35.32, SD=13.09) completed self-report questionnaires, including (1) Ryff's Scales of Psychological Well-Being, (2) the Connectedness to Nature Scale, and (3) the Mysticism Scale. All variables were significantly positively associated, and five of six mediation models were supported. Findings are consistent with ecological self theory, and implications are discussed with reference to psychological interventions, healthy living, and social planning strategies.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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