Understanding proenvironmental intentions and behaviors: The importance of considering both the behavior setting and the type of behavior

Alexander Maki, Alexander J. Rothman

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Abstract

To better understand the consistency of people’s proenvironmental intentions and behaviors, we set out to examine two sets of research questions. First, do people perform (1) different types of proenvironmental behaviors consistently, and (2) the same proenvironmental behavior consistently across settings? Second, are there consistent predictors of proenvironmental behavioral intentions across behavior and setting type? Participants reported four recycling and conservation behaviors across three settings, revealing significant variability in rates of behaviors across settings. Prior behavior, attitudes toward the behavior, and importance of the behaviour consistently predicted proenvironmental intentions. However, perceived behavioral control tended to predict intentions to perform proenvironmental behavior outside the home. Future research aimed at understanding and influencing different proenvironmental behaviors should carefully consider how settings affect intentions and behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-531
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Volume157
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2017

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis.

Copyright:
Copyright 2017 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Behavior consistency
  • behavior setting
  • intentions
  • proenvironmental behavior
  • theory of planned behaviour

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