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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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AGUIAR, Marcela Nunes; SOUZA, Marcos Aguiar de; ANDRADE JR., Hermes de  and  PIRES, Pedro P.. Evidence of validity of the locus scale for environmental preservation and conservation control. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2021, vol.14, n.2, pp. 1-20. ISSN 1983-8220.

The environmental issue is a field of great importance today, especially with regard to studies on pro-environmental values. A commonly investigated interaction is the relationship between connection with nature and locus of control, especially considering the individuals' beliefs that their actions are important for the conservation of the environment. The study included 898 university students, which 452 (49.8%) were men, 456 (50.2%) were women of average age, of 28.87 (SD = 8.90) years old, from the state of Rio de Janeiro. For purposes of internal validity, factor analysis procedures were used. The scale was also analyzed together with the measure of connection with nature, to offer initial evidence of concurrent validity. Connection with nature was measured using the scale proposed by Mayer and Frantz (2004). The Locus Scale for Environmental Preservation Control was developed in this study. Considering the results obtained, it is possible to affirm a satisfactory quality of the measure developed.

Keywords : Locus of control; Environmental preservation; Environmental conservation; Attitudes; Environmental values.

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