Title
A cross-cultural study of environmental values and their effect on the environmental behavior of children A cross-cultural study of environmental values and their effect on the environmental behavior of children
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Beverly Hills, Calif. ,
Subject
Psychology
Chemistry
Biology
Source (journal)
Environment and behavior : an interdisciplinary journal. - Beverly Hills, Calif., 1969, currens
Volume/pages
45(2013) :5 , p. 551-583
ISSN
0013-9165
1552-390X
ISI
000318547700001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Environmental values (EV) are regarded as significant precursors for environmental behavior (EB) by many scholars. The present study addresses the issue of the invariance of EV (tapped by the two-dimensional model of ecological values), and their effect on EB, across cultural contexts. In all, a total of 1,833 ten- to thirteen-year-old children from Flanders, Guatemala, and Vietnam participated. The results show that EV and EB can be measured through a partially invariant model; children from the different groups differ in their EV and EB. Furthermore, the results show that the effect of EV on EB is different across cultural contexts. These results have implications for (among others) environmental education initiatives that aim for behavior change. Such initiatives need to take into account the target group, which-as illustrated by the results-shows different pathways toward reaching EB. Practitioners would therefore benefit from a culture-specific approach to designing environmental education.
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