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Title: A test of multi-attribute models in the context of recycling behaviour.
Author: Davies, Janette.
Awarding Body: University of Keele
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2000
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Humans, through their actions, are both the victims and the cause of many environmental problems. The importance of attaining a sustainable future through behavioural rather than technical solutions to the environment crises is widely recognised. The aim of this study was to test multi-attribute models in the context of recycling behaviour. The Cotswold District Council facilitated this by providing the opportunity to monitor recycling behaviour, objectively and unobtrusively, without signaling in any way a connection to the prior intention measurement phase. The research process was multifaceted utilising both qualitative and quantitative research. The qualitative study consisted of interviews which clarified how and why individuals recycle. The empirical research tested the models using appropriate multivariate statistics. The findings show that a serious limitation of the models tested is that they concentrate on the alleged mental antecedents of behaviour rather than on the behaviour itself. The predictive value of research that utilises these models as their theoretical foundation is limited by the serious omission of behavioural choice. This thesis contributes to the enhancement of knowledge of the multi-attribute models tested. It develops a new model of attitudes and behaviour choice that forms the basis of a predictive model of recycling behaviour. It concludes by contributing significantly to the development of strategic programmes aimed at maximising sustainable recycling behaviour, through public participation and individual responsibility.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Theory of planned behaviour; Altruistic models