publication . Article . 2017

Subjective Reasons for Littering: A Self-serving Attribution Bias as Justification Process in an Environmental Behaviour Model

Hansmann, Ralph; Steimer, Nora;
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  • Published: 02 Aug 2017 Journal: Environmental Research, Engineering and Management, volume 73 (issn: 1392-1649, eissn: 2029-2139, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Publishing House Technologija
Abstract
Subjective causal explanations for littering of waste are investigated through a questionnaire-based survey (N = 147). Participants were asked if they littered waste in the past, and if so why, and they were also asked why they think some other people litter. 71% of the participants admitted having littered in the past. An analysis of the perceived reasons for littering showed significant differences between the reasons provided for own as compared to other people’s littering. The differences found were in line with previous research demonstrating a self-serving bias in intrapersonal as compared to interpersonal attributions. Own littering is often “justified” b...
Subjects
free text keywords: Ignorance, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Intrapersonal communication, Attribution, Naivety, Interpersonal communication, Social psychology, Habit, Psychology, Self-serving bias, Environmental education, business.industry, business, Environmental Psychology, Behavioural Science, Environmental Education, littering, self-serving bias, attribution, justification, habit, behaviour model, Environmental Behaviour, waste disposal, Littering
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publication . Article . 2017

Subjective Reasons for Littering: A Self-serving Attribution Bias as Justification Process in an Environmental Behaviour Model

Hansmann, Ralph; Steimer, Nora;