The relationship between nature connectedness and eudaimonic well-being: A meta-analysis
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractNature connectedness relates to an individual’s subjective sense of their relationship with the natural world. A recent meta-analysis has found that people who are more connected to nature also tend to have higher levels of self-reported hedonic well-being; however, no reviews have focussed on nature connection and eudaimonic well-being. This meta-analysis was undertaken to explore the relationship of nature connection with eudaimonic well-being and to test the hypothesis that this relationship is stronger than that of nature connection and hedonic well-being. From 20 samples (n = 4758), a small significant effect size was found for the relationship of nature connection and eudaimonic well-being (r = 0.24); there was no significant difference between this and the effect size (from 30 samples n = 11638) for hedonic well-being (r = 0.20). Of the eudaimonic well-being subscales, personal growth had a moderate effect size which was significantly larger than the effect sizes for autonomy, purpose in life/meaning, self-acceptance, positive relations with others and environmental mastery, but not vitality. Thus, individuals who are more connected to nature tend to have greater eudaimonic well-being, and in particular have higher levels of self-reported personal growth.
CitationPritchard, A., Richardson, M., Sheffield, D. and McEwan, K., (2019). 'The Relationship Between Nature Connectedness and Eudaimonic Well-Being: A Meta-analysis'. Journal of Happiness Studies, pp.1-23. DOI: 10.1007/s10902-019-00118-6.
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies