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Factors that can undermine the psychological benefits of coastal environments: Exploring the effect of tidal state, presence, and type of litter.

Wyles, KJ, Pahl, S, Thomas, K and Thompson, RC (2016) Factors that can undermine the psychological benefits of coastal environments: Exploring the effect of tidal state, presence, and type of litter. Environment and Behavior, 48 (9). pp. 1095-1126.

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Abstract

The beneficial effects of blue environments have been well documented; however, we do not know how marine litter might modify these effects. Three studies adopted a picture-rating task to examine the influence of litter on preference, perceived restorative quality, and psychological impacts. Photographs varied the presence of marine litter (Study 1) and the type of litter (Studies 2 and 3). The influence of tide and the role of connectedness were also explored. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, it was shown that litter can undermine the psychological benefits that the coast ordinarily provides, thus demonstrating that, in addition to environmental costs of marine litter, there are also costs to people. Litter stemming from the public had the most negative impact. This research extends our understanding of the psychological benefits from natural coastal environments and the threats to these benefits from abundant and increasing marine litter.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Wyles, KJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pahl, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thompson, RCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 9 October 2016
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916515592177
Copyright Disclaimer : This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 26 Oct 2016 14:59
Last Modified : 26 Oct 2016 14:59
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812381

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