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Type: Journal article
Title: The influence of place attachment, and moral and normative concerns on the conservation of native vegetation: A test of two behavioural models
Author: Raymond, C.
Brown, G.
Robinson, G.
Citation: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2011; 31(4):323-335
Publisher: Academic Press Ltd
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0272-4944
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Christopher M. Raymond, Gregory Brown, Guy M. Robinson
Abstract: This study examines the influence of place attachment, values, beliefs and personal norms about environmental action on the conservation of native vegetation in two primary production settings in South Australia. We use regression and multiple mediation analyses to test a base model of pro-environmental behaviour which includes variables from value-belief-norm (VBN) theory and then compare it to an expanded model which includes the same variables and five dimensions of place attachment. The expanded model including place attachment explained up to twice the amount of variance in native vegetation planting than the base model when controlling for all variables preceding behaviour, but the overall explanatory power was low (<22%). Place attachment had a stronger influence on the antecedents of behaviour compared with the behaviour itself, particularly nature bonding which was a significant moderate predictor of both personal norms and awareness of consequences in the two study regions. We assert that place attachment has statistically significant direct and indirect effects on variables included in VBN theory. Future studies may reveal stronger effects in settings where there are fewer resource and monetary costs associated with pro-environmental behaviour. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Place attachment
VBN theory
Human values
Environmental concern
Normative beliefs
Pro-environmental behaviour
Rights: Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2011.08.006
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