Understanding and Improving Attitudinal Research in Wildlife Sciences Academic Article uri icon


  • Human dimension research published regarding public attitudes about wildlife or natural resource management often reflects an inadequate understanding on the part of the authors regarding attitudes, their social psychological frameworks, and their relationship to behaviors. In this paper we define attitudes, examine their relationship to behaviors, and examine some theoretical frameworks for attitudes. Additionally, we examine some shortcomings we believe are common in wildlife attitudinal research and make suggestions to improve the quality and consistency of the work.

altmetric score

  • 5

author list (cited authors)

  • McCLEERY, R. A., DITTON, R. B., SELL, J., & LOPEZ, R. R.

citation count

  • 36

publication date

  • June 2006