This research was supported in part by U.S. National Science Foundation grants SES- 9211591 and SES-9224036 and by the Northern Virginia Survey Research Laboratory of George Mason University. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the U.S. National Research Council. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1994 meeting of the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles, California.
Values, Beliefs, and Proenvironmental Action: Attitude Formation Toward Emergent Attitude Objects1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 25, Issue 18, pages 1611–1636, September 1995
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Stern, P. C., Kalof, L., Dietz, T. and Guagnano, G. A. (1995), Values, Beliefs, and Proenvironmental Action: Attitude Formation Toward Emergent Attitude Objects. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 25: 1611–1636. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1995.tb02636.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Discoveries in environmental science become the raw material for constructing social attitude objects, individual attitudes, and broad public concerns. We explored a model in which individuals construct attitudes to new or emergent attitude objects by referencing personal values and beliefs about the consequences of the objects for their values. We found that a subset of the major clusters identified in value theory is associated with willingness to take proenvironmental action; that a biospheric value orientation cannot yet be discerned in a general population sample; that willingness to take proenvironmental action is a function of both values and beliefs, with values also predicting beliefs; and that gender differences can be attributed to both beliefs and values. Our model has promise for explicating the factors determining public concern with environmental conditions.