Psicologia em Estudo
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COELHO, Jorge Artur Peçanha de Miranda; GOUVEIA, Valdiney Veloso and MILFONT, Taciano Lemos. Human values as predictors of environmental attitudes and pro-environmental behavior. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2006, vol.11, n.1, pp. 199-207. ISSN 1413-7372. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-73722006000100023.
Human values have been pointed out as important predictors of environmental attitudes and pro-environmental behaviors. Although the literature supports the relationship between these three constructs, no information was found considering Brazilian samples. This study aimed to contribute to this gap. Participated in this study a number of 208 undergraduate students; most of them were from a private university (63.8%), female (73.4%) and with mean age of 28 years (SD = 7.0). They answered the Schwartz Values Survey and the Echocentric and Anthropocentric Attitudes Scale, an item to measure intention of pro-environment behaviors, and demographic questions. Results support previous studies. Specifically, self-transcendence values were the most important to explain pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. These findings are discussed regarding the possibility of using human values in interventions to promote behaviors on behalf of the environment.
Keywords : Human values; environmental attitudes; pro-environmental behavior.