Self-determination theory and wilderness experiences
According to self-determination theory, individuals have psychological needs that must be satisfied on a day-to-day basis in order to function as healthy human beings. To investigate this topic, questionnaires were administered to 130 participants evaluating the relationship between environmental identification and self-determination factors on evaluations of wilderness experiences. To test differences in evaluations, a one-factor within subjects analysis of variance (ANOVA) and regression analyses were performed. Results indicate that there was a significant effect of environmental identification and self-determination factors on evaluations. The implications of these results and future research are provided.