Environment and Social Psychology

ISSN: 2424-8975 (Online)

ISSN: 2424-7979 (Print)

Journal Abbreviation: Environ Soc Psychol

Publication Frequency: bi-annual

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Publishing Model: Open Access

Journal no: 8P

About the Journal

The main goal of ESP is to explore the linkages between the environment and the human condition and promote environmental awareness and behavior that are crucial to sustainable development and human development. Using an interdisciplinary approach, synthesis theory, research and practice, we try to:

  1. Examine the possibility of human and social development as a credible paradigm for scientific inquiry and dialogue and promote world peace, prosperity and progress in a precarious and complex world.
  2. Transcend the contradictions and dualities of contemporary ideology and method, and move toward a unified social psychology research framework.
  3. Promote the academic pursuit of the pursuit of knowledge, seek empirical evidence and truth, and support environmental justice as a feasible paradigm conducive to the development of human society.
  4. Solving Social Psychological Barriers - Beliefs, Attitudes, Stereotypes, Prejudices, Habits and Political Culture Practices - Defeat Quality Education and Learning Beyond Contemporary Dogma at Behavioral Schools.
  5. Interface approach to understanding and resolving contemporary nihilism, hatching a psychopathology of self-destructive addiction - sexual abuse, substance and drugs, interpersonal violence and ineffective dysfunction - and the breeding of confusion, mass murder and terror.

Recently Published Articles

Research Articles

Debra Mims 1, Rhondda Waddell 1
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A systematic review of literature published from 2006 to 2017 was conducted in order to examine intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetrated against those individuals who identified as lesbian, bi-sexual, gay, and/or transgender (LBGT) and the challenges they faced from identifying as an LBGT individual.   Results of the literature findings indicated that LBGT individuals are exposed to childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assaults, intimate partner violence and hate crimes at significantly higher rates when compared to the general population.  The examination of the literature revealed disproportionate rates of harassment, physical assaults, sexual assaults and intimate partner violence when compared to the general population.  In addition, individuals who identify as LBGT are substantially prone to internalization of their feelings, making them prone to post-traumatic stress (PTS), depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide. The lack of available support for the LBGT community leaves them feeling vulnerable and underserved. This research advocates for effective collaboration with social services with the aim of ensuring justice and equitable treatment for LBGT individuals.

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Research Articles

Nidup Dorji 1, Michael Dunn 2, Mahesh Gurung 3
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Wellbeing is a complex combination of physical, psychological, emotional, and social health factors of a person. Feeling of wellbeing is essential for the overall health of a person, and enables them to be successful and achieve what they want in life. There is paucity of study on the wellbeing of older adults in Bhutan. This study attempted to assess how older adults in Bhutan perceive their wellbeing and determine its socio-demographic correlates. World Health Organization Five Wellbeing Index was applied to measure wellbeing. Findings indicated above average wellbeing score with nature of relationship with children, education level, and employment status as an independent correlates. Efforts to enhance relationship between family members could be more relevant for the wellbeing of older adults. Further research on wellbeing is required to incorporate determinants other than socio-demographic variables.

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Review Articles

Debra Mims 1, Rhondda Waddell 1, Jessie Holton 1
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the perceptions of jail inmates participating in the Paws and Stripes College program. The Paws and Stripes College program involves incarcerated inmates training local humane shelter canines’ obedience training techniques using the canine good citizen model as well as teaching the canines skills in which to participate as comfort/emotional support dogs. Using secondary data from self-report questionnaires completed by the inmates, this study sought to explore how the inmates felt before and after their exposure to the Paws and Stripes College program. Specifically, if the inmates felt that participation in the program was beneficial to them or not, and if so, how. 

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Review Articles

Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo 1
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This review aims to show the current state of the knowledge in the area of the visual quality of landscapes in urbanized areas and their influence on people’s mental health and well-being. This falls under the passive recreation and passive exposure to the environmental stimuli present in our cities (such as walking in nature, quiet contemplation) as opposed to active interactions with the landscapes such as horticulture therapy, meditation, etc. Passive exposure to natural or built environments can shape our mental health patterns throughout the life cycle.

Although we know that the quantity of green spaces in the cities can improve the well-being of city inhabitants and contact with natural environments can alleviate various psychological disorders, it is also likely that the quality of green spaces, including seemingly irrelevant landscape design nuances, can play a more important role for our mental health.

Currently, one can observe a strong demand from policy makers for generating scientific evidence-based knowledge to provide recommendations for urban design and the maintenance of green spaces. The Contemplative Landscape Model (CLM) is an operationalised construct which includes aesthetic, environmental and mental health values of landscapes, and could serve as a useful tool to assist in the current need for knowledge. However, more research with an emphasis on causal relationships is needed.

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Research Articles

CIGDEM SAKICI
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The aim of the study is to show which areas mainly prefered when the people want to carry out recreational activities in the Kastamonu city center and determine the appropriateness of this area for recreative activity. A questionnaire study was conducted with 100 randomly selected people in order to determine the most frequently used open green area in terms of recreational activity in Kastamonu and the results showed that 89% of the participants prefer the Clock Tower. Thus Clock Tower was determined as a research area in this study. It is revealed the current state of the Clock Tower in scope of the study, plants are used in this area and the purpose of use of these plants is determined and how frequently users use this area and the reasons for not frequent use. In addition, activities that are effected in the area and changes in mood after using the area. The second survey study was conducted on users of the area consisting of 118 people. It is revealed space  features existing at Clock Tower and events area identified after that space features that users want to be in this area and events areas. Thus, the aim of the area is to determine the users' expectations and the deficiencies and problems in this area.
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Commentaries

FLAVIO BIZARRIAS 1*, Jayne Nunes Santos 2, Marlette Cassia Oliveira Ferreira 3, Jussara Cucato 4, Jussara Goulart da Silva 5
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In the last decades, both research and practice in society related to environmental and sustainability issues have been on the global agenda. The great challenge is to reconcile the interests of consumers, organizations and the environmental preservation agenda, coupled with economic development in terms of consumption. Within this scenario, this study investigates the intention to buy sustainable products from the information and perceptions of consumers regarding environmental issues, when mediated by the attitudes towards sustainable products. To reach this goal a survey was applied to Brazilian citizens from a region linked to nature. The data were analyzed using structural equation modeling, and the a series of regressions[1]  trough the macro Process. The results indicate that the formation of attitudes is more influenced by information about sustainability than by the perceptions of the consumers. Moreover, the data reveal the crucial mediating role of the attitude towards sustainable products to construct an equally sustainable behavior in terms of consumption when measured by the intention to buy sustainable products. These results suggest that a phase of information generation on sustainability is in transition to a stage linked to the construction and solidification of beliefs.
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Commentaries

Zingiswa Jojo
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This article chronicles how aconducive environment creates arestoration of dignity to disadvantaged mathematics foundation learners. The variation theory was used to provide the sequential building blocks required to learn foundation mathematics to grade 1- 5 learners in a district in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. A sample of 23 learners participated in this study. Structured worksheets covering mathematics content for grade 1-5 were prepared for the learners to practice after school in a homework club on their own, in rural settings in a study that followed qualitative methods. Results indicated how the creation of a supportive and caring environment developed the learners’ resilience, restored their dignity and increased their competence in understanding of basic mathematics concepts. The learners also developed good relationships with each other while they shared information and helped others to restore their dignity and led them ultimately to independence of acquiring other mathematical skills and ownership of the learning experiences. The intervention with the after school programme may serve as a suitable environment for the disadvantaged learners and restore their competence in understanding mathematics concepts while providing a platform for learners to share knowledge gained with the underprivileged ones.
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Commentaries

Leah Hamilton
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Over the past three decades, American welfare policy has moved towards ever more restrictive eligibility criteria, reflecting a growing belief that generous benefits encourage dependence. In this essay, I argue that harsher welfare rules actually make it more difficult for low income families to support their children, transition to work and maintain long term financial independence. In some cases such as drug testing, these rules represent an unconstitional intrusion into the lives of citizens and are ultimately a waste of government resources. Moving towards a model of support rather than punishment for families in need would be an ultimately more effective method of poverty alleviation.

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Review Articles

Oluwole Jegede
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The mental health needs of displaced persons have traditionally taken the backstage in the conceptualization of the overall medical treatment needs of this population. Despite the intuitive understanding that the trauma experienced by these individuals makes them particularly predisposed to mental illness and substance use disorders, there remains a dearth of scientific data to shed light on this all-important subject. Epidemiologic literature and data consistently fall short in describing the extent of this problem and in particular the attendant alcohol and substance abuse that not only afflict people in humanitarian contexts but also aid workers who attempt to lend a helping hand to these communities. There is little or no documentation on effective, and efficient ways to predict, diagnose and treat alcohol and substance use disorders among displaced persons living in humanitarian regions of the world. This paper describes themultidirectional nature of mental illness and substance abuse, the gaps in knowledge, as well as emerging trends particularly in diagnosis and treatment.
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Commentaries

Fadhlur Rahim 1, Haslinda Musa 2
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In the context of technology, the organization should be well fitted to implement green practice. Environmental practices have been well studied but only a few studies have presented the green innovation practices of corporate firms in Malaysia. This study focused on the awareness of green practices which were concerted upon organizational (Training Program), environment (Government Regulation & Policies) and individual context (Knowledge). A total of 108 questionnaires were returned out of 200. Reliability analyses were applied to test reliability of the instrument. Meanwhile, regression analysis was applied to determine the predicted factors for green practices towards the awareness of green practices. The results of the analysis indicated knowledge of employees as the most influencing factors to the awareness of green practices. For the practicality of this study, green technology is anticipated to be well implemented when  these practices are understood.

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Environment and Social Psychology is currently indexed in the CNKI database. All articles published in ESP are immediately searchable via Google Scholar. ESP is also being continually evaluated by other academic databases for inclusion.

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Focus and Scope

The main aim of ESP is to explore the nexus of environment and the human condition, which promotes environmental consciousness and behaviors that are crucial for sustainable progress and human development. With an interdisciplinary approach, synthesizing theory, research, and practice, we seek to:

  1. Examine the possibilities of human and social development as a credible paradigm for scientific inquiry and dialogue that promote world peace, prosperity and progress in a dangerously complex world.
  2. Transcend dualities and contradictions of contemporary ideologies and methods toward a unifying framework for enduring social psychological research.
  3. Promote scholarly pursuits for the advancement of knowledge in search of empirical evidence and truth, which support environmental justice as a viable paradigm conducive to human-social development.
  4. Unravel social psychological barriers—beliefs, attitudes, stereotypes, prejudices, habits, and politico-cultural practices—that thwart quality education and learning beyond the contemporary dogmas of behavioral schools.
  5. Interface pathways to understand and resolve contemporary nihilism that incubates psychopathologies of self-destructive addictions—sexual abuse, substance and drugs, interpersonal violence, and anomic dysfunctions—and breeds mayhem, mass murders and terror.

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    Standard journal article

    Journal article (print) with one to three authors

    • Halpern SD, Ubel PA. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. The New England Journal of Medicine 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284-7.

    Journal article (print) with more than three authors

    • Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Research 2002;935(1-2):40-6.

    Journal article (online) with one to three authors

    • Jackson D, Firtko A and Edenborough M. Personal resilience as a strategy for surviving and thriving in the face of workplace adversity: A literature review.Journal of Advanced Nursing 2007; 60(1):1–9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04412.x.

    Journal article (online) with more than three authors

    • Hargreave M, Jensen A, Nielsen TSS,et al. Maternal use of fertility drugs and risk of cancer in children—A nationwide population-based cohort study in Denmark.International Journal of Cancer 2015; 136(8): 1931–1939. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.29235.

    Book

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    • Schneider Z, Whitehead D and Elliott D.Nursing and Midwifery Research: Methods and Appraisal for Evidence-based Practice, 3rd ed. Marrickville, NSW: Elsevier Australia; 2007.

    Book with more than three authors

    • Davis M, Charles L, Curry M J,et al.Challenging Spatial Norms, London: Routledge; 2003.

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    Conference proceedings(from electronic database)

    • Harnden P, Joffe JK, Jones WG, editors. Germ cell tumours V. Proceedings of the 5th Germ Cell Tumour Conference; 2001 Sep 13-15; Leeds, UK. New York: Springer; 2002.

    Online Document with author names

    • Este J, Warren C, Connor L,et al.Life in theclickstream: The future of journalism. Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. 2008; Retrieved from http://www.alliance.org.au/documents/ foj_report_final.pdf

    Online Document without author name

    • Princeton Writing Program. (n.d.).Developing an argument. Retrieved from http://web.princeton.edu/ sites/ writing/Writing_Center/WCWritingResources.htm

    Thesis/Dissertation

    • Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.

    Standards

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    Government Report

    • National Commission of Audit. Report to the Commonwealth Government, Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service 1996.

    Government report (online)s

    Patent

    • Rencher W F. Bioadhesive pharmaceutical car- rier. US Patent 5462749 A. 1995.

    No author

    • Guide to agricultural meteorological practices, 2nded. Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva; 1981.

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