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Big Five facets' associations with pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Personality
Early online date12 Jul 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jul 2020

Abstract

Climate change mandates us to understand why individuals do (not) behave pro-environmentally and personality traits are well suited for this purpose. Past research has mostly focused on how broad domain-level personality traits were associated with pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. In two datasets (N = 501 and 287), we examined whether personality facets provided a more detailed picture of how personality traits were associated with pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. It was found that some facets were the main drivers of domain-level associations. Furthermore, it was found that facets, collectively, predicted pro-environmental attitudes (r =.50 to.52) and behaviors (r =.29 to.42) in holdout datasets. This predictive ability was on par with the predictive ability of domains. Therefore, facets provided a greater understanding of how personality traits were associated with pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. Furthermore, facets provided a similar predictive ability of pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors to that of domains.

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  • Big Five, environmentalism, facets, personality, prediction

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