Summer 2018



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Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Bill Lindquist

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Greg Reinhiller

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Mindy Christianson


I conducted a mixed method survey to focus on the question, “What are the ways parents positively shape their children’s connectedness to nature?” There is a national phenomenon on the disconnect between children and the natural world, coined as the “nature deficit disorder.” This disorder has been linked to an increase in obesity, mental health, attention disorders and the overall well-being of children. I administered a quantitative survey for children to measure their connectedness to nature as well as a qualitative survey of parents to gather in-depth information to capture the richness of the nature experience that happens at home. It was found that perceived barriers do not act as actual barriers in regards to spending time outdoors, there is a theme of accomplishment in reasons why families spend time outdoors, and that children are able to demonstrate that they can identify feelings of connectedness and unity.

Research Methodology

Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)


Environmental Studies, Parent Involvement

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