Understanding the internal processes of behavioral engagement in a national park: A latent variable path analysis of the value-belief-norm theory

Carena J. Van Riper, Gerard T. Kyle

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Theoretical advances in research on the antecedents of human behavior have offered promising explanations for why people choose to undertake environmentally friendly action. This investigation provides further insight on the psychological processes driving self-reported behavioral engagement among visitors to Channel Islands National Park in the United States. We used latent variable structural equation modeling to test the hypothesized structure stipulated by the value-belief-norm (VBN) theory of environmentalism. Biospheric-altruistic values geared toward non-human species and concern for other people positively predicted environmental worldview and pro-environmental behavior, whereas egoistic values negatively influenced moral norm activation. Consistent with previous research, findings also showed that belief structures and personal moral norms gave rise to conservation behaviors reported by visitors to the park.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-297
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Psychology
Volume38
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Pro-environmental behavior
  • Public land management
  • Structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Understanding the internal processes of behavioral engagement in a national park: A latent variable path analysis of the value-belief-norm theory'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this