Measuring outdoor recreationists' beliefs in climate change (2015)

In the study Measuring outdoor recreationists' beliefs in climate change: testing the Occurrence and Anthropogenic Causational Scale (OC-AN), researchers used a survey of national park visitors in Alaska (n = 429), lake recreationists in the southeast U.S. (n = 210), and marine recreationists along the US Atlantic Coast (n=483) to understand recreationists' beliefs in climate change.

A scale was developed using two primary dimensions: occurrence - the belief that climate change is currently happening, and anthropogenic causation- the belief that climate change is caused by humans.

It was found that the two scales comprising the OC-AN have desirable measurement qualities within distinct and relatively diverse samples but the researchers also note that further development is needed.


Full cite: Brownlee, M.T.J. & Verbos, R.I. (2015). Measuring outdoor recreationists' beliefs in climate change: testing the Occurrence and Anthropogenic Causational Scale (OC-AN). Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 11, 1-12.



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