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Importance of motives, self-efficacy, social support and satisfaction with travel for behavior change during travel intervention programs
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Service Research Center (from 2013). (SAMOT)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Service Research Center (from 2013). (SAMOT)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6570-6181
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Service Research Center (from 2013). (SAMOT)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7475-680X
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Service Research Center (from 2013). (SAMOT)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8102-8168
2019 (English)In: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, ISSN 1369-8478, E-ISSN 1873-5517, Vol. 62, p. 451-458Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The present field study investigates the reduction of car use through a voluntary travelbehavior intervention program that provides participants with temporary free publictransportation. Three factors – self-efficacy, social support and satisfaction – have previ-ously been shown to be important for behavior change during physical activity interven-tion programs. In travel behavior interventions, however, these factors have often beenstudied individually and less is known about their combined effects on travel behaviorchange. Furthermore, while motives for participating in travel behavior interventions havebeen frequently studied within travel behavior interventions research, there is a lack ofstudies investigating the influence of motives on travel behavior change. To better under-stand the importance of different motives as well as the importance of self-efficacy, socialsupport, and satisfaction with travel on behavior change, a series of surveys were admin-istered to 181 participants before, during, and after their participation in a voluntary travelbehavior intervention. The results show that greater self-efficacy and social support duringthe intervention led to greater travel behavior change. These results indicate that in orderto gain better results from travel behavior interventions, individuals should be helped toincrease their travel-related self-efficacy, and significant others should be involved to pro-vide social support. We discuss possible ways of accomplishing this.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 62, p. 451-458
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71179DOI: 10.1016/j.trf.2019.02.002ISI: 000468709800034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-71179DiVA, id: diva2:1290149
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