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Exploring the Relationship Between Values and Pro-Environmental Behaviour: The Influence of Locus of Control

Anna-Karin Engqvist Jonsson and Andreas Nilsson

Environmental Values 23 (2014): 297-314. doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181752


This study explores the relationship between people's values, loci of control and pro-environmental behaviours. 'Locus of control' refers to the extent to which people attribute control over events in life either to themselves or to external sources beyond their influence: in the former case, the individual is described as having an internal locus of control, and in the latter, an external one. The study hypothesised, and subsequently concluded, that self-transcendent values and internal loci of control were positively related to pro-environmental behaviours, and also that loci of control moderate the link between people's values and behaviour; people with a low degree of self-transcendence values behave pro-environmentally if they have an internal locus of control.


Environment, locus of control, pro-environmental behaviour, values

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