¿Qué motiva la valoración del medio ambiente?la relación del ecocentrismo y del antropocentrismo con la motivación interna y externa

  1. Suárez Rodríguez, Ernesto
  2. Salazar Laplace, M.ª Esther
  3. Hernández Ruiz, Bernardo
  4. Martín Rodríguez, Ana María
International Journal of Social Psychology, Revista de Psicología Social

ISSN: 0213-4748 1579-3680

Year of publication: 2007

Volume: 22

Issue: 3

Pages: 235-244

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1174/021347407782194434 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR

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Anthropocentrism and ecocentrism are the main ideas on which environmental attitudes and evaluative judgments of the natural environmental are based. Although anthropocentrism and ecocentrism have traditionally been considered independent dimensions, a review of the studies in which the relationship between these concepts is analyzed provides no definitive information about the degree of independence of these factors. The aim of the research presented here is to analyze the relationship between ecocentrism and anthropocentrism, taking into account the underlying motivational basis of both factors. It was expected that ecocentrism would be intrinsically motivated and oriented to satisfying the psychological needs of relationship, autonomy and competence, whereas anthropocentrism would be motivated by the need for social adjustment, although not just as a simple conformity response. The results confirm the absence of a significant correlation between anthropocentrism and ecocentrism, which is interpreted in relation to the absence of correlation between the motivational measures. There is also a significant positive relationship between ecocentrism and internal motivation, as well as between anthropocentrism and external motivation.