This research was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Reduced Use of Environmentally Friendly Modes of Transportation Caused by Perceived Mobility Necessities: An Extension of the Theory of Planned Behavior1
Article first published online: 25 JUL 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 8, pages 1856–1883, August 2007
How to Cite
Haustein, S. and Hunecke, M. (2007), Reduced Use of Environmentally Friendly Modes of Transportation Caused by Perceived Mobility Necessities: An Extension of the Theory of Planned Behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 1856–1883. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00241.x
- Issue published online: 25 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 25 JUL 2007
An extended version of the theory of planned behavior (TPB; Ajzen, 1991) was used to explain travel mode choice. As a new predictor, perceived mobility necessities (PMNs) were introduced, which are defined as people's perceptions of mobility-related consequences of their personal living circumstances. The database consisted of a survey of 1,545 car users in 3 large German cities. Using structural equation modeling, PMNs were integrated into TPB and showed the expected significant negative effect on use of environmentally friendly modes. In-depth interviews with 82 selected participants indicated that PMN moderates the relationship between public transportation attitude and intention. This moderator effect was confirmed by a regression analysis. The extension of TPB by PMN allows deduction of more differentiated intervention strategies.