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Titre du document / Document title

Ecological behavior, environmental attitude, and feelings of responsibility for the environment

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

KAISER F. G. (1) ; RANNEY M. (2) ; HARTIG T. (3) ; BOWLER P. A. (4) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, SUISSE
(2) University of California, Berkeley, ETATS-UNIS
(3) Uppsala University, SUEDE
(4) University of California, Irvine, ETATS-UNIS

Résumé / Abstract

Given their definition of subjective norms, rational-choice theories must be located within the realm of social conventionality. However, subjective norms can be grounded in moral as well as conventional considerations. Not surprisingly, then, rational-choice theories insufficiently explain behaviors that are at least partially moral, such as ecological behavior. The present paper establishes an expanded rational-choice model of environmental attitude that extends into the moral domain by using feelings of personal obligation toward the environment (i.c., feelings of responsibilly) as an additional predictor of intentions to behave ccologically. Findangs from two studies are presented. In Study 1 a sample of Swiss adults (N = 436) was used to test the proposed model. Study 2 replicates the findings of Study 1 with a sample of California college students (N = 488). Assessments were carried out in a structural equation modeling framework. Environmental knowledge, environmental values, and responsibility feelings together explained 45% (50% in Study 2) of the variance of ecological behavior intention which, in turn, predicted 76% (94%) of the explainable variance of general ecological behavior. As the inclusion of responsibility feelings increased the proportion of explained variance of ecological behavior intention by 5% (10%) above and beyond a more basic attitude model, the moral extension of the proposed attitude model is largely supported.

Revue / Journal Title

European psychologist    ISSN  1016-9040 

Source / Source

1999, vol. 4, no2, pp. 59-74 (2 p.1/4)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Hogrefe, Göttingen, ALLEMAGNE  (1996) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Responsibility

;

Behavior

;

Ecology

;

Attitude

;

Environment

;

Value

;

Intention

;

Human

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Responsabilité

;

Comportement

;

Ecologie

;

Attitude

;

Environnement

;

Valeur

;

Intention

;

Homme

;

Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Responsabilidad

;

Conducta

;

Ecología

;

Actitud

;

Medio ambiente

;

Valor

;

Intencíon

;

Hombre

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 26732, 35400008469836.0010

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 1839538



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