Who cares about the environmental impact of cars? Those with an eye toward the future

Joireman, Jeffrey A. and van Lange, Paul A. M. and Van Vugt, Mark (2004) Who cares about the environmental impact of cars? Those with an eye toward the future. Environment and Behavior, 36 (2). pp. 187-206. ISSN 0013-9165 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This study examines preference for commuting to work by car or public transportation (PT) within an expanded social dilemma framework (i.e., one that recognizes the importance of both social and temporal concerns). Commuters completed scales assessing commuting preferences, beliefs regarding the environmental impact of cars, social value orientation (SVO), and the consideration of future consequences (CFC). Preference for PT was higher among commuters who believed that commuting by car harms the environment and among those scoring high in CFC. Most important, a significant two-way interaction revealed that preference for commuting by PT was positively related to beliefs regarding the harmful environmental consequences of commuting by car only among those high in CFC. SVO was unrelated to commuting preferences. In sum, a future orientation may be more important than a prosocial orientation in shaping commuting preferences

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: commuting preferences; social dilemmas; proenvironmental behavior; social value orientation; consideration of future consequences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2008 12:30
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 15:15
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4360 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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