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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...
Learned helplessness moderates the relationship between environmental concern and behavior
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 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 predicted...
Psychological theories of car use: An integrative review and conceptual framework
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 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 in which...
The impact of heritage decline on urban social life
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Hanaw Mohammed Taqi 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...
Averaging bias in environmental impact estimates: Evidence from the negative footprint illusion
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Mattias Holmgren, Hanna Andersson, Patrik Sörqvist In this paper we argue that unsustainable behaviors often stem from a common averaging bias when people estimate the environmental impact of a set of environmentally friendly and less friendly objects or actions. In Experiment 1, we show that people believe that the total carbon footprint of a category of items (a community of buildings in this case) is lower, rather than higher, when environmentally friendly (“green” buildings...
Geometrical distortions in geographical cognitive maps
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Marco Costa, Leonardo Bonetti A map sketching methodology was applied in three studies to assess geometrical distortions in large-scale cognitive geographical maps. In the first study, 198 participants sketched Italy's national and regional borders marking the 20 regional capital locations. Furthermore, in 40 city pairs, participants had to indicate which city was further north or further west. Results showed a remarkable rotation of Italy's longitudinal axis of 26.74° toward the...
Deciphering the religious orientation of a sacred space: Disparate impressions of worship settings by congregants and external observers
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Benjamin R. Meagher Although existing research has assessed the factors associated with judgments of novel sacred spaces, comparatively little work has investigated how these environmental properties relate to the beliefs, emotions, and satisfaction of the congregants who worship there. In this study, individuals from 23 churches evaluated their worship space, and an online sample provided their impressions of these settings and the type of people they believe worship there. A series of...
Place attachment, disruption and transformative adaptation
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Darren Clarke, Conor Murphy, Irene Lorenzoni This paper explores place disruption, where transformative adaptation was proposed for flood risk management, by examining: a) the relationships between place attachment, place-related symbolic meanings, place-protective interpretative responses and attitudinal responses, and b) evaluation of governance processes. Questionnaires were administered to residents in Clontarf, County Dublin, Ireland in 2014 (n = 280) in the aftermath of...
Psychosocial implications of unconventional natural gas development: Quality of life in Ohio's Guernsey and Noble Counties
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Michael P. Fisher, Alex Mayer, Kaitlin Vollet, Elaine L. Hill, Erin N. Haynes As unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) activities such as “fracking” have proliferated across the U.S., research has begun to examine their impacts on human life. Much scholarship has centered on possible health and environmental impacts. However, a range of plausible psychosocial impacts has begun to emerge. Utilizing grounded theory methods and data from qualitative interviews with...
Environmental motivations for energy use in PV households: Proposal of a modified norm activation model for the specific context of PV households
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Inga Wittenberg, Anke Blöbaum, Ellen Matthies The diffusion of renewable energy progressed, but reductions in energy consumption remain important. Beyond technology and economic factors, environmental motivations seem important for associating renewables with energy savings. Based on the modified norm activation model (mNAM), we investigated how environmental motivations, other psychological, technological and monetary aspects influence the self-reported energy-saving behavior...
Exploring perceived restoration potential of urban green enclosure through immersive virtual environments
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: Available online 9 January 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Payam Tabrizian, Perver K. Baran, William R. Smith, Ross K. Meentemeyer We examine the effects of green space enclosure on perceived restorativeness and perceived safety in two urban setting, and in turn, we explore the extent to which perceived safety mediates the casual pathways between enclosure and perceived restorativeness. Photorealistic 360o panoramas taken from a plaza and a park were digitally manipulated to create 18 immersive virtual environment (IVE) stimuli 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...
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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...

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