Title

Understanding cultural differences in the antecedents of pro-environmental behavior: A comparative analysis of business students in the United States and Chile

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2010

Abstract

We surveyed business students in the U. S. (n = 256) and Chile (n = 310). The survey included measures drawn from studies of pro-environmental behavior using Schwartz's norm activation theory (Schwartz, 1977), the theory of reasoned action (Ajzen & Fishbein, 1980), and a values-beliefs-norms model created by Stern, Dietz, Abel, Guagnano, and Kalof (1999). Our results show Chilean business students are more altruistic than business students in the United States and Chilean students felt stronger pressures from their peers to engage in pro-environmental behaviors. Chilean business students also expressed higher levels of awareness of environmental problems, a greater sense of obligation to protect the environment, a stronger willingness to limit property rights, and stronger intentions to engage in pro-environmental behavior. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Name

Journal of Environmental Education

Volume Number

41

First Page

224

Last Page

238

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1080/00958960903439997

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