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Attitudes about gender and ethnicity are a critical dimension for understanding how human behaviors impact the climate. Plumwood (1997) argued that conceptually humans relate to the environment is ideologically connected to the way dominant and oppressed groups interact. Past research has found that exposure to nature decreased negative body image and other mental health issues that are connected to oppressive ideologies (Gidlow et al., 2016; Goldenberg & Soule, 2015; Holloway et al., 2014). The current study explicitly tested the link between patriarchal attitudes and connectedness to nature among a student group. It was found that higher levels of patriarchal attitudes predicted lower levels of connection to nature. Additionally, environmental and financial factors were found to have a moderating affect. Although this study found support for the relationship between patriarchal attitudes and connection to nature, more work needs to be done in diverse populations in order to control for systematic differences that may also be important. This study was able to account for a portion of variance in attitudes but it is clear that many other variables need to be examined.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Psychology


Women's and Gender Studies Program

First Advisor

Jack Yates, Chair


Author legally changed their name.

Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (vii, 61 pages)



File Format


Available for download on Saturday, December 22, 2018