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06.03.2017 | Ausgabe 2/2017

Journal of Urban Health 2/2017

The Role of Social Influences on Pro-Environment Behaviors in the San Diego Region

Journal of Urban Health > Ausgabe 2/2017
Mica Estrada, P. Wesley Schultz, Nilmini Silva-Send, Michel A. Boudrias


From a social psychological perspective, addressing the threats of climate change involves not only education, which imparts objective facts upon a passive individual, but also a socializing process. The Tripartite Integration Model of Social Influence (TIMSI) provides a theoretical framework that connects acquiring climate change knowledge with integration into a community, which results in greater engagement in climate friendly behaviors. Survey data were collected from 1000 residents in San Diego County. Measures included (a) knowledge about climate change; (b) self-efficacy, what pro-environmental actions they felt they could do; (c) identity, to what extent they identified as part of a community that is concerned about climate change; (d) values, endorsement of values of the community that is concerned about climate change; and (e) pro-environmental behavior, engagement in conservation behaviors. Results indicated that self-efficacy and values mediated the relationship between knowledge and pro-environmental behavior.

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