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A comprehensive model of the psychology of environmental behaviour—A meta-analysis
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)In: Global Environmental Change, ISSN 0959-3780Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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To address global environmental challenges it is crucial to understand how humans make decisions about environmentally relevant behaviour, since a shift to alternative behaviours can make a relevant difference. This paper proposes a comprehensive model of determinants of individual environmentally relevant behaviour based on a combination of the most common theories in environmental psychology. The model is tested using a meta-analytical structural equation modelling approach based on a pool of 56 different data sets with a variety of target behaviours. The model is supported by the data. Intentions to act, perceived behavioural control and habits were identified as direct predictors of behaviour. Intentions are predicted by attitudes, personal and social norms, and perceived behavioural control. Personal norms are predicted by social norms, perceived behavioural control, awareness of consequences, ascription of responsibility, an ecological world view and self-transcendence values. Self-enhancement values have a negative impact on personal norms. Based on the model, interventions to change behaviour need not only to include attitude campaigns but also a focus on de-habitualizing behaviour, strengthening the social support and increasing self-efficacy by concrete information about how to act. Value based interventions have only an indirect effect.

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URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-23216DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.05.014OAI: diva2:659129
Available from: 2013-10-24 Created: 2013-10-24 Last updated: 2013-11-12Bibliographically approved

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