A study of predictors of environmental behaviour using U.S. samples
AbstractThe purpose of this research was to detennine the relative contribution of eight viriables in predicting responsible environmental behaviour. Scores on the Behaviour Inventory of Environmental Action served as the criterion variable. Multilinear regression analyses were used to determine the performance of each predictor variable and to ascertain the most parsimonious set of variables that predicts environmental behaviour. The following conclusions were drawn: (1) All variables, except belief in/ attitude toward technology, were significant individual predictors of environmental behaviour, (2) Stepwise regression showed that the best predictors for all respondents were skill in using environmental action strategies, level of environmental sensitivity and perceived knowledge of environmental action strategies. Profiles of high and low environmentally active groups are described. Results imply that the three major behaviour predictors (perceived skill and knowledge of environmental action strategies and level of environmental sensitivity) need to be addressed in curriculum development and instructional practice.
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