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The COVID-19 Pandemic as an Impetus for Pro-Environmental Behaviours: The Role of Causal Attribution

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Article number111415
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/03/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Personality and Individual Differences
Volume187
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date27/11/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the impact of causal attribution on pro-environmental behaviours in the context of COVID-19. Using data collected in July 2020 (N = 319 Chinese adults), we find that individuals’ beliefs that the pandemic was caused by humanity’s excessive intrusion into nature has a positive impact on their environmental awareness. This, in turn, triggers a positive behavioural change towards the environment. The current study unveils and empirically demonstrates the mechanism of the relationship between causal attribution of the pandemic and pro-environmental behaviour. The implication is that the pandemic presents an occasion for policymakers to consider human environmental intrusion as a causal attribution to engage individuals in pro-environmental behaviours through the design of strategies that explicitly emphasize the relationship between environmental degradation and global-scale epidemics.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Personality and Individual Differences . Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Personality and Individual Differences, 187, 2022 DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.111415