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Personal Norms for Dealing with Climate Change : Results from a Survey Using Moral Foundations Theory

Jansson, Johan LU and Dorrepaal, Ellen (2015) In Sustainable Development 23(6). p.381-395
Abstract
Climate change has become one of the main issues in environmental and sustainability discussions during the last decade. Acting to reduce climate change can be viewed as a prosocial behavior, and previous research has found that personal norms are important in explaining these types of behaviors, together with other attitudinal factors. In this study we use Moral Foundations Theory (MFT) to explore the antecedents of personal climate change norms together with three attitudinal factors: problem awareness, social norms and adherence to the New Ecological Paradigm. Analyzing data from a nationwide survey (N = 1086) conducted in Sweden, we find that the moral foundations concerning harm and fairness are positively associated with... (More)
Climate change has become one of the main issues in environmental and sustainability discussions during the last decade. Acting to reduce climate change can be viewed as a prosocial behavior, and previous research has found that personal norms are important in explaining these types of behaviors, together with other attitudinal factors. In this study we use Moral Foundations Theory (MFT) to explore the antecedents of personal climate change norms together with three attitudinal factors: problem awareness, social norms and adherence to the New Ecological Paradigm. Analyzing data from a nationwide survey (N = 1086) conducted in Sweden, we find that the moral foundations concerning harm and fairness are positively associated with personal climate change norms, whereas authority has a negative relation. However, the moral foundations from MFT contribute less in explaining personal climate change norms compared with the attitudinal factors included in the study. Theoretical and empirical implications are discussed. (Less)
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  author       = {Jansson, Johan and Dorrepaal, Ellen},
  issn         = {0968-0802},
  keyword      = {personal norms,Moral Foundations Theory (MFT),attitudes,questionnaire survey},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {381--395},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {Sustainable Development},
  title        = {Personal Norms for Dealing with Climate Change : Results from a Survey Using Moral Foundations Theory},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.1598},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2015},
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