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Personality, individual differences, and demographic antecedents of self-reported household waste management behaviours

Swami, Viren; Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas; Snelgar, Rosemary and Furnham, Adrian. 2011. Personality, individual differences, and demographic antecedents of self-reported household waste management behaviours. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31(1), pp. 21-26. ISSN 02724944 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The present study sought to extend recent conceptual frameworks of waste management behaviours by examining personality, individual differences, and socio-demographic antecedents of self-reported waste recycling, reuse, and reduction behaviours. A total of 203 participants from a British community sample completed a questionnaire consisting of measures of their self-reported waste management behaviour, Machiavellianism, political cynicism, the Big Five personality traits, and socio-demographics. The results of structural equation modelling showed that individuals who were less Machiavellian, less politically cynical, older, and more conscientious were more likely to report positive waste management behaviours. In combination, these predictors explained 22.0% of the variance in waste management behaviours. Thus, these variables may improve the predictive validity of existing conceptual models of waste management behaviours. The results are discussed in relation to those models.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2010.08.001

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2011Published

Item ID:

5047

Date Deposited:

01 Mar 2011 15:08

Last Modified:

06 Jun 2016 15:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5047

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