Determinants of young Australians' environmental actions: The role of responsibility attributions, locus of control, knowledge and attitudes

Fielding, Kelly S. and Head, Brian W. (2012) Determinants of young Australians' environmental actions: The role of responsibility attributions, locus of control, knowledge and attitudes. Environmental Education Research, 18 2: 171-186. doi:10.1080/13504622.2011.592936


Author Fielding, Kelly S.
Head, Brian W.
Title Determinants of young Australians' environmental actions: The role of responsibility attributions, locus of control, knowledge and attitudes
Journal name Environmental Education Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-4622
1469-5871
Publication date 2012-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13504622.2011.592936
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 171
End page 186
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
Abstract The current study investigates determinants of young Australians’ pro-environmental intentions and actions. Two samples of young people took part in the research: 12 - 17-year-olds (N = 1529) currently in secondary schooling and 18 - 24-year-olds (N = 2192) in post-secondary schooling or workforce. All participants completed an online ‘Youth and the Environment Survey’ that assessed perceived responsibility of community and government to protect the environment, locus of control, environmental concern, self-reported environmental knowledge, pro-environmental intentions, pro-environmental behaviour and environmentally harmful behaviour. Attributing greater responsibility to the community was related to more positive environmental intentions and actions, whereas, attributing greater responsibility to the government for environmental protection was related to more negative environmental intentions and behaviour. In addition, young people with higher environmental concern and knowledge, and a more internal locus of control in relation to the environment, reported stronger pro-environmental intentions and behaviour, and less environmentally harmful behaviour.
Keyword Young people
Environmental attitudes
Environmental knowledge
Responsibility attributions
Environmental behaviour
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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