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It's what you do and where you do it: Perceived similarity in household water saving behaviours
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Sarah Kneebone, Kelly Fielding, Liam Smith In the face of continued environmental degradation, policy makers need to accelerate public uptake of pro-environmental behaviours. Promoting behaviours which catalyse the adoption of other similar behaviours through the spillover effect has been proposed as a potential solution. This requires understanding which behaviours are seen as similar and what criteria are used to identify behavioural similarity. We used a sorting procedure with 32...
Before and after a natural disaster: Disruption in emotion component of place-identity and wellbeing
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): I. Knez, A. Butler, Å. Ode Sang, E. Ångman, I. Sarlöv-Herlin, A. Åkerskog The aim was to investigate relationships between emotion and cognition components of place-identity and wellbeing, before and after a natural disaster. A total of 656 respondents, living near the area of the largest forest and landscape fire in modern times in Sweden, participated in this study. Before the disaster, a positive association was found between place-identity and wellbeing, indicating that...
Changing farmers’ behavior intention with a hint of wit: The moderating influence of humor on message sidedness
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: Available online 9 December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Fiona Vande Velde, Liselot Hudders, Verolien Cauberghe, Edwin Claerebout This study investigates how to change farmers' unsustainable use of anthelmintic drugs. More specifically, it focuses on discouraging this behavior by using message sidedness in a humorous advertisement. The effects of the message on intentions to change behavior were measured through a cognitive and affective route of persuasion. Using a 2 (message sidedness: one-sided vs. two-sided) x 2 (humor...
Learned helplessness moderates the relationship between environmental concern and behavior
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: Available online 8 December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Nicholas Landry, Robert Gifford, Taciano L. Milfont, Andrew Weeks, Steven Arnocky Many concerned individuals refrain from meaningful pro-environmental actions. We examined whether self-reported levels of trait learned helplessness moderates this concern–behavior relation. Results confirmed that learned helplessness moderated links between environmental concern and both self-reported and in-vivo measures of pro-environmental behavior, such that concern most strongly...
Psychological theories of car use: An integrative review and conceptual framework
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: Available online 8 December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Samuel Chng, Charles Abraham, Mathew P. White, Christin Hoffmann, Stephen Skippon Personal car use is increasing globally and is an important contributor to poor air quality and global greenhouse gas emissions. Although individuals have little direct control over some emission sources (e.g. heavy industry), they can modify their car use thereby reducing their own contribution. There have been many attempts to understand the psychology of personal car use and identify ways...
The impact of heritage decline on urban social life
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: Available online 5 December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Hanaw M.T. M. Amin This study explores the impacts of urban change on neighbourhood residents, by exploring the process of change, and by analysing the form of residents’ behavioural responses to such change. It is based on the concepts of place identity and place dependence, via a notion of environmental disruption, with a focus on the symbolic meanings associated with the historic city centre of Sulaimaniyah in Kurdistan, Iraq. For this purpose, a qualitative method is used...
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01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54
Why young people do things for the environment: The role of parenting for adolescents’ motivation to engage in pro-environmental behaviour
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Alice Grønhøj, John Thøgersen It is well documented that parents' behaviour and family norms exert a significant influence on young people's pro-environmental attitudes and behaviour. But what is the role of parenting styles in this connection? The present study addresses this question based on a matched sample of young people aged 18–20 (n = 448) and one parent (n = 448), each completing an online questionnaire that included the Motivation Toward the Environment Scale...
The role of parents and best friends in children's pro-environmentalism: Differences according to age and gender
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Silvia Collado, Gary W. Evans, Miguel A. Sorrel Although research suggests parents influence the development of their children's environmental attitudes (EA) and behaviors (EB), the possible impact of other socialization agents is largely unknown. This article takes a closer look at how parents and friends may shape 9 to 13 year-olds’ EA and EB. Parents' EA and EB were registered via questionnaires and children's reported their EA and EB through computer-based, child-friendly...
The effect of group size on energy consumption by communal electricity users
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Nurit Carmi, Noga Mostovoy A communal electricity metering, where several consumers split their bill equally without being able to distinguish between their individual electricity consumption (EC), may create a social dilemma. Using this concept as a frame of reference, we hypothesized that increasing the group size of the consumers would increase EC. We increased the perceived group size of communal electricity users and monitored EC before, during and after the intervention. We also...
Predicting adolescents' recycling behavior among different big five personality types
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Mykolas Simas Poškus, Rita Žukauskienė The present study investigates adolescents' self-reported recycling behavior, adopting a much-needed person-oriented approach. We found that adolescents that have different personality types approach recycling differently. Those who have more expressed adaptive and positive personality traits show more favorable attitudes toward recycling and engage in recycling more than those who have less adaptive traits. Investigating models based on the...
The relationship between Corporate Environmental Responsibility, employees’ biospheric values and pro-environmental behaviour at work
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Angela Maria Ruepert, Kees Keizer, Linda Steg Many organizations strive for Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER). This can make organizational processes and procedures more pro-environmental, but does it also promote employees’ pro-environmental behaviour? We reason that CER can encourage employees to act pro-environmentally at work by increasing the likelihood that they consider the environmental consequences of their behaviour. In two studies, we test to what extent CER...
Re-evaluation of the New Ecological Paradigm scale using item response theory
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Xiaowen Zhu, Chuntian Lu This study employed the item response theory (IRT) technique to reevaluate the psychometric properties of the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) scale using a national-level survey dataset from China. This IRT analysis revealed some previously unreported but important issues with this widely-used environmental attitude measure. It was found that the NEP scale has differential measurement precision across the environmental attitude continuum; a method factor may exist...
Testing for the size heuristic in householders’ perceptions of energy consumption
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Laura Cowen, Birgitta Gatersleben Few householders have the time or motivation to systematically weigh up all the facts when judging the energy consumption of their household appliances. It is likely that they instead rely on simple heuristics such as the size heuristic, which has been reported in a small number of previous studies. The studies showed that people's perceptions of the size and energy consumption of appliances were positively correlated but the studies differed in their...
Affect and the adoption of pro-environmental behaviour: A structural model
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Filipe Coelho, Maria C. Pereira, Luís Cruz, Paula Simões, Eduardo Barata Pro-environmental behaviour (PEB) is an essential part of changing societies towards a more sustainable future. The literature on PEB has provided significant insights into how the anticipated emotions arising from specific ecological actions contribute to environmentally friendly conduct. Our research departs from these studies by focusing on general affect as a determinant of PEB. Moreover, we specify...
Time grows on trees: The effect of nature settings on time perception
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Mariya Davydenko, Johanna Peetz We examined whether nature exposure may be related to time perception. When estimating the length of time spent in nature vs. an urban environment, does the subjective estimate of experience duration change depending on the setting? We present evidence that an experience in nature can feel longer than the same experience in a man-made environment, independent of actual duration. Participants overestimated the duration of a walk if this walk took them...
Nature-related mood effects: Season and type of nature contact
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Aeliesha M. Brooks, Katherine M. Ottley, Katherine D. Arbuthnott, Phillip Sevigny Nature contact is beneficial for both health and mood but these effects have been tested only in studies conducted during summer months and the evidence for clinically-relevant emotions is limited. Three studies contrasted contact with nature vs. built environment in fall and winter seasons using either actual contact or pictures of nature. Mood measures included positive and negative affect...
Landscapes for play: Effects of an intervention to promote nature-based risky play in early childhood centres
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Mariana Brussoni, Takuro Ishikawa, Sara Brunelle, Susan Herrington The outdoor space at childcare centres can be many preschoolers' primary experience of outdoor play. Trends prioritizing risk reduction have diminished access to nature and risky play. We examined the effects of an intervention to increase opportunities for nature and risky play in the outdoor play environments of two childcare centres using a repeated measures mixed methods design. We used the Seven Cs play space...
The impact of transit growth on the perception of crime
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Valerie Spicer, Justin Song Fear is a pervasive urban problem affecting the quality of life in urban communities. In the urban environment, fear and the perception of crime happen at the nexus that connects people to places. Research linking fear of crime to public transit reveals public disorder as a major contributing factor. This relationship is particularly relevant to transit systems that are forecasting significant growth. This study demonstrates how perception of crime changes...
The contribution of visuo-spatial factors in representing a familiar environment: The case of undergraduate students at a university campus
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Chiara Meneghetti, Veronica Muffato, Enrico Toffalini, Gianmarco Altoè Familiarity with an environment enables us to form elaborate mental representations, which also relate to individual visuo-spatial factors. This study examines how several individual cognitive and self-reported visuo-spatial factors contribute to people's knowledge of familiar environments. Undergraduates attending a university campus area for 12 months were administered visuo-spatial (mental rotation and...

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