Comparing and combining theories to explain proenvironmental intentions: the case of commuting-mode choice

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dc.contributor.author Wall, R. D.
dc.contributor.author Devine-Wright, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Mill, Greig A.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-01T12:54:56Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-01T12:54:56Z
dc.date.issued 2007-11-01
dc.identifier.citation Wall, R., Devine-Wright, P. and Mill, G. A. (2007) Comparing and combining theories to explain proenvironmental intentions: the case of commuting-mode choice. Environment and behavior, 39 (6), pp. 731-753. en
dc.identifier.issn 0013-9165
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/138
dc.description.abstract This article addresses the need for systematic theory comparison and development in environmentally significant behavior (ESB) research. Using logistic regression (N = 398), models based on Schwartz’s norm-activation theory (NAT) and Ajzen’s theory of planned behavior (TPB) were compared as explanations of drivers’ intentions to reduce or maintain their car use for commuting. NAT explained more variance (McFadden R2 = .342). A model using NAT and TPB constructs was also tested. This explained more variance than either individual theory (McFadden R2 = .379). A personal-normative variable (NAT) and perceived behavioral control (TPB) were the only statistically- significant predictors of intentions in the model derived from both theories. It is argued that combining NAT and TPB constructs accounts for a range of influences on car-use intentions that neither individual theory fully captures. A combined model may also apply to other ESBs, especially those perceived as reducing personal utility (i.e., entailing sacrifice). en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher © Sage en
dc.publisher http://www.sagepub.co.uk/home.nav
dc.subject UoA 30 Architecture and the Built Environment
dc.subject theory of planned behaviour en
dc.subject norm-activation theory en
dc.subject commuting en
dc.subject travel behaviour en
dc.subject RAE 2008 en
dc.title Comparing and combining theories to explain proenvironmental intentions: the case of commuting-mode choice en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0013916506294594
dc.researchgroup Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development


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