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Measuring the dimensions of adaptive capacity: a psychometric approach


Lockwood, M and Raymond, CM and Oczkowski, E and Morrison, M, Measuring the dimensions of adaptive capacity: a psychometric approach, Ecology and Society, 20, (1) Article 37. ISSN 1708-3087 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5751/ES-07203-200137


Although previous studies have examined adaptive capacity using a range of self-assessment procedures, no objective self-report approaches have been used to identify the dimensions of adaptive capacity and their relative importance. We examine the content, structure, and relative importance of dimensions of adaptive capacity as perceived by rural landholders in an agricultural landscape in South-Eastern Australia. Our findings indicate that the most important dimensions influencing perceived landholder adaptive capacity are related to their management style, particularly their change orientation. Other important dimensions are individual financial capacity, labor availability, and the capacity of communities and local networks to support landholders’ management practices. Trust and confidence in government with respect to native vegetation management was not found to be a significant dimension of perceived adaptive capacity. The scale items presented, particularly those with high factor loadings, provide a solid foundation for assessment of adaptive capacity in other study areas, as well as exploration of relationships between the individual dimensions of adaptive capacity and dependent variables such as perceived resilience. Further work is needed to refine the scale items and compare the findings from this case study with those from other contexts and population samples.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adaptive capacity, psychometric scales, rural landholders, structural equation modelling
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Lockwood, M (Associate Professor Michael Lockwood)
UTAS Author:Raymond, CM (Dr Chris Raymond)
ID Code:98424
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:74
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2015-02-15
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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