An Exploratory Study of Wilderness Perceptions among College Students: Biocentric and Anthropocentric Perspectives


The purpose of the study was two-fold: first, collect data from a convenience sample of college students to better understand their biocentric and anthropocentric wilderness perspectives; and second, pilot test the Wilderness Values Test as a valid and reliable survey instrument for future studies. Results showed that students slightly favored anthropocentric over biocentric perspectives. There were demographic differences in wilderness recreation activities in terms of gender, college rank, and number of wilderness visits. Researchers recommend further studies use these findings while revising the Wilderness Values Test with larger samples investigating college students’ perceptions toward wilderness management practices. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism & Recreation Research is the property of Radford University and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)



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Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism & Recreation Research