Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2015

Abstract

Much research has examined individuals' values and beliefs as antecedents or correlates of pro-environmental behaviors (PEB). We approach this question from the novel perspective of individuals' cosmopolitan orientation (CO). We define CO as made up of three essential qualities. First, cultural openness captures individuals' receptiveness to immerse in and learn from other cultures. Second, global prosociality denotes a sense of collective moral obligation to universally respect and promote basic human rights. Third, respect for cultural diversity concerns high tolerance of and appreciation for cultural differences. Across two studies, we validated the Cosmopolitan Orientation Scale (COS) with theoretically related criterion measures across Singaporean, Australian, and American samples. Analyses showed good fit with a three-factor model. Next, we demonstrated the theoretical utility of CO, in particular the global prosociality subscale, in predicting PEB above and beyond pro-environmental worldview, motivation, and belief.

Keywords

Cosmopolitan orientation, Cosmopolitanism, Environmental concerns, Globalization

Discipline

Applied Behavior Analysis | Social Psychology | Social Psychology and Interaction

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Environmental Psychology

Volume

43

First Page

79

Last Page

94

ISSN

0272-4944

Identifier

10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.05.011

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.05.011

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