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Handbook of Environmental Psychology

Robert B. Bechtel (Editor), Arza Churchman (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-40594-8
736 pages
March 2002
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An international team of leading scholars explores the latest theories, research, and applications critical to environmental psychology

Featuring the latest research and concepts in the field straight from the world's leading scholars and practitioners, Handbook of Environmental Psychology provides a balanced and comprehensive overview of this rapidly growing field. Bringing together contributions from an international team of top researchers representing a myriad of disciplines, this groundbreaking resource provides you with a pluralistic approach to the field as an interdisciplinary effort with links to other disciplines.

Addressing a variety of issues and practice settings, Handbook of Environmental Psychology is divided into five organized and accessible parts to provide a thorough overview of the theories, research, and applications at the forefront of environmental psychology today. Part I deals with sharpening theories; Part II links the subject to other disciplines; Part III focuses on methods; Part IV highlights applications; and Part V examines the future of the field.

Defining the ongoing revolution in thinking about how the environment and psychology interact, Handbook of Environmental Psychology is must reading for anyone coping directly with the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that are destroying our environment and putting our lives in jeopardy.

Topics include:
* Healthy design
* Restorative environments
* Links to urban planning
* Contaminated environments
* Women's issues
* Environments for aging
* Climate, weather, and crime
* The history and future of disaster research
* Children's environments
* Personal space in a digital age
* Community planning
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Table of Contents


The Increasing Contexts in the Study of Environment Behavior Relations (S. Wapner & J. Demick).

The Ethical Imperative (L. Rivlin).

Environmental Psychology: From Spatial-Physical Environment to Sustainable Development (M. Bonnes & M. Bonaiuto).

Environmental Management: A Perspective from Environmental Psychology (E. Pol).

The New Environmental Psychology: The Human Interdependence Paradigm (T. Garling, et al.).

The Phenomenological Approach to People-Environment Studies (C. Graumann).

Ecological Psychology: Historical Contexts, Current Conception, Prospective Directions (A. Wicker).


Exploring Pathology: Relationships between Clinical and Environmental Psychology (K. Anthony & N. Watkins).

Environmental Anthropology (E. Liebow).

Environmental Sociology (R. Dunlap).

Environmental Psychophysiology (R. Parsons & L. Tassinary).

Environmental Psychology and Urban Planning: Where Can the Twain Meet? (A. Churchman).


Transactionally Oriented Research: Examples and Strategies (C. Werner, et al.).

Meta-Analysis (A. Stamps).

The Experience Sampling Method: Measuring the Context and Content of Lives (J. Hektner & M. Csikszentmihalyi).

The Open Door of GIS (R. Golledge).

Structural Equation Modeling (V. Corral-Verdugo).

Spatial Structure of Environment and Behavior (J. Peponis & J. Wineman).

Behavioral-Based Architectural Programming (R. Hershberger).

Postoccupancy Evaluation: Issues and Implementation (C. Zimring).


Making a Difference: Some Ways Environmental Psychology Has Improved the World (R. Gifford).

Bridging the Gap: How Scientists Can Make a Difference (F. Kuo).

Women and Environment (K. Franck).

Children's Environment (K. Korpela).

Design and Dementia (K. Day & M. Calkins).

Healthy Residential Environments (R. Lawrence).

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED): Yes, No, Maybe, Unknowable, and All of the Above (R. Taylor).

Wayfinding: A Broad View (J. Carpman & M. Grant).

Work Environments (J. McCoy).

Environmental Psychology in Museums, Zoos, and Other Exhibition Centers (S. Bitgood).

Climate, Weather, and Crime (J. Rotton & E. Cohn).

Noise Pollution: A Hazard to Physical and Mental Well-Being (A. Bronzaft).

The History and Future of Disaster Research (L. Peek & D. Mileti).

The Challenge of Increasing Proenvironment Behavior (E. Geller).

Emerging Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives on Conservation Behavior (J. Vining & A. Ebreo).

Contamination: The Invisible Built Environment (M. Edelstein).

Environmental Conflict and Its Resolution (T. d'Estree, et al.).

A Methodology of Participatory Planning (L. Horelli).

Sustained Participation: A Community Based Approach to Addressing Environmental Problems (E. Wiesenfeld & E. Sanchez).


Personal Space in a Digital Age (R. Sommer).

Toward an Environmental Psychology of the Internet (D. Stokols & M. Montero).

On to Mars! (R. Bechtel).

Author Index.

Subject Index.
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Author Information

ROBERT B. BECHTEL is Professor of Environmental Psychology at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Editor of the journal Environment and Behavior.

ARZA CHURCHMAN is Associate Professor at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and past president of the International Association for the Study of People and Their Physical Surroundings.

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"I believe that the book serves an important role in bringing this relatively marginalized area of psychology to broader audiences" (Contemporary Psychology, Vol. 4, No.3; June 2004)
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