Predicting Sustainable Lifestyle Behaviors: A Comparison Against Environmental Behaviors
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. School of Environment and Natural Resources Honors Theses; 2013
Owing to empirical data from Environmental Psychology and Environmental Policymaking, measures such as political ideology, worldview, age, gender and income are commonly used to predict environmental behavior. The purpose of this research will be to find relationships between these measures and survey correspondents’ self-reported likelihood to engage in sustainable lifestyle behaviors. Motivations for engagement in sustainable lifestyle behaviors are often different than those for engagement in environmental behavior, meriting a case for separate research. For how salient sustainability has become in the 21st century, it is surprising how little empirical research there is to link sustainability with the previous research in other fields. The findings of this research are then compared against the previous studies on environmental behavior. The results of this research show that ones’ political ideology, worldviews, and other measures can be used to predict sustainable lifestyle behaviors in a way that parallels environmental behavior. However, as hypothesized, the link between the two types of behaviors is not perfect. In practice, these findings will hopefully lay the foundations for interdisciplinary discussion and research on the topic of sustainable behaviors.
Academic Major: Environmental Policy and Management
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