Personality, individual differences, and demographic antecedents of self-reported household waste management behaviours

Research
TitlePersonality, individual differences, and demographic antecedents of self-reported household waste management behaviours
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSwami, V, Chamorro-Premuzic, T, Snelgar, R, Furnham, A
JournalJournal of Environmental Psychology
Volume31
Issue1
Pagination21 - 26
Date Published2011/03//
ISBN Number0272-4944
KeywordsMachiavellianism, Personality, Political cynicism, Recycling behaviour, Waste management
AbstractThe present study sought to extend recent conceptual frameworks of waste management behaviours by examining personality, individual differences, and socio-demographic antecedents of self-reported waste recycling, reuse, and reduction behaviours. A total of 203 participants from a British community sample completed a questionnaire consisting of measures of their self-reported waste management behaviour, Machiavellianism, political cynicism, the Big Five personality traits, and socio-demographics. The results of structural equation modelling showed that individuals who were less Machiavellian, less politically cynical, older, and more conscientious were more likely to report positive waste management behaviours. In combination, these predictors explained 22.0% of the variance in waste management behaviours. Thus, these variables may improve the predictive validity of existing conceptual models of waste management behaviours. The results are discussed in relation to those models.
URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494410000770
Short TitleJournal of Environmental Psychology