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Can Beach Cleans Do More Than Clean-Up Litter? Comparing Beach Cleans to Other Coastal Activities

Wyles, K, Pahl, S, Holland, M and Thompson, RC (2016) Can Beach Cleans Do More Than Clean-Up Litter? Comparing Beach Cleans to Other Coastal Activities Environment and Behavior.

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Abstract

Coastal visits not only provide psychological benefits but can also contribute to the accumulation of rubbish. Volunteer beach cleans help address this issue, but may only have limited, local impact. Consequently, it is important to study any broader benefits associated with beach cleans. This article examines the well-being and educational value of beach cleans, as well as their impacts on individuals’ behavioral intentions. We conducted an experimental study that allocated students (n = 90) to a beach cleaning, rock pooling, or walking activity. All three coastal activities were associated with positive mood and pro-environmental intentions. Beach cleaning and rock pooling were associated with higher marine awareness. The unique impacts of beach cleaning were that they were rated as most meaningful but linked to lower restorativeness ratings of the environment compared with the other activities. This research highlights the interplay between environment and activities, raising questions for future research on the complexities of person-environment interactions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Wyles, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pahl, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Holland, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thompson, RCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 19 May 2016
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916516649412
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).
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 03 Nov 2016 13:17
Last Modified : 03 Nov 2016 14:44
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812722

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