Experiences of pride, not guilt, predict pro-environmental behavior when pro-environmental descriptive norms are more positive

Bissing-Olson, Megan J., Fielding, Kelly S. and Iyer, Aarti (2016) Experiences of pride, not guilt, predict pro-environmental behavior when pro-environmental descriptive norms are more positive. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 45 145-153. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.01.001


Author Bissing-Olson, Megan J.
Fielding, Kelly S.
Iyer, Aarti
Title Experiences of pride, not guilt, predict pro-environmental behavior when pro-environmental descriptive norms are more positive
Journal name Journal of Environmental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1522-9610
0272-4944
Publication date 2016-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.01.001
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 45
Start page 145
End page 153
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Subject 3207 Social Psychology
3202 Applied Psychology
Abstract Emotions can greatly influence behavior, yet research on links between incidental emotions and pro-environmental behavior is limited. The present study uses an experience sampling design to examine how pride and guilt relate to daily pro-environmental behavior. Ninety-six university students recorded their engagement in specific pro-environmental behaviors, and their feelings of pride and guilt about these behaviors, at four time points each day for three consecutive days. Results showed that pro-environmental behavior during a 2.5-h time period was positively related to pride, and negatively related to guilt, during that same time period. Pride about environmental behavior was positively related to subsequent engagement in pro-environmental behavior (i.e., during the following 2.5-h time period), but only for people who perceived more positive pro-environmental descriptive norms. Guilt was not related to subsequent pro-environmental behavior. We discuss implications for further research on the complex associations between daily experiences of moral emotions and pro-environmental behavior.
Keyword Attitude
Emotions
Guilt
Norms
Pride
Pro-environmental behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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