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    Author(s): Robert D. Bixler; Myron F. Floyd; William E. Hammitt
    Date: 2002
    Source: Environment and Behavior 34(6):795-818
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: North Central Research Station
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    Two studies with adolescent youth (N = 1,376, N = 450) help clarify the relationship between childhood play experiences in wild environments and later environmental preferences in the life domains of work, leisure, and school. Respondents reporting having played in wild environments had more positive perceptions of natural environments, outdoor recreation activities, and future indoor/outdoor occupational environments. No significant differences were found for preferences for environmental sciences activities conducted in schools. Results suggest that childhood play in wildland environments is related to environmental competencies and preferences but not necessarily an intellectual interest in environmental sciences or environmentalism.

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    Bixler, Robert D.; Floyd, Myron F.; Hammitt, William E. 2002. Environmental Socialization: Quantitative Tests of the Childhood Play Hypothesis. Environment and Behavior 34(6):795-818

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