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Residents' Waste Separation Behaviors at the Source: Using SEM with the Theory of Planned Behavior in Guangzhou, China.

Zhang D, Huang G, Yin X, Gong Q - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2015)

Bottom Line: Data drawn from 208 of 1000-field questionnaires were used to assess socio-demographic factors and the TPB constructs (i.e., attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors).The questionnaire data revealed that attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors significantly predicted household waste behaviors in Guangzhou, China.Through a structural equation modeling analysis, we concluded that campaigns targeting moral obligations may be particularly effective for increasing the participation rate in waste separation behaviors.

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Affiliation: Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640, China. andy-zdl@163.com.

ABSTRACT
Understanding the factors that affect residents' waste separation behaviors helps in constructing effective environmental campaigns for a community. Using the theory of planned behavior (TPB), this study examines factors associated with waste separation behaviors by analyzing responses to questionnaires distributed in Guangzhou, China. Data drawn from 208 of 1000-field questionnaires were used to assess socio-demographic factors and the TPB constructs (i.e., attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors). The questionnaire data revealed that attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors significantly predicted household waste behaviors in Guangzhou, China. Through a structural equation modeling analysis, we concluded that campaigns targeting moral obligations may be particularly effective for increasing the participation rate in waste separation behaviors.

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Mentions: Source separation is the primary step in HSW management. There is a need for theory-based studies to better understand the mechanisms responsible for separation behaviors. Ajzen’s [13] theory of planned behavior (TPB) provides a theoretical framework for systematically examining behavior concerning waste separation. TPB has been widely used to investigate waste behaviors [5,12,14]. According to the theory (Figure 1), an individual’s behavior is based on his or her readiness to perform that behavior (i.e., intention). Intention is based on three factors: (1) attitude (A), which is the individual’s positive or negative perception of performing a behavior; (2) subjective norm (SN), which is the individual’s perception of social pressure to engage or not in a behavior; and (3) perceived behavioral control (PCB), which is the individual’s perception of his or her ability to perform a given behavior.


Residents' Waste Separation Behaviors at the Source: Using SEM with the Theory of Planned Behavior in Guangzhou, China.

Zhang D, Huang G, Yin X, Gong Q - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2015)

Schematic representation of the theory of planned behavior.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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ijerph-12-09475-f001: Schematic representation of the theory of planned behavior.
Mentions: Source separation is the primary step in HSW management. There is a need for theory-based studies to better understand the mechanisms responsible for separation behaviors. Ajzen’s [13] theory of planned behavior (TPB) provides a theoretical framework for systematically examining behavior concerning waste separation. TPB has been widely used to investigate waste behaviors [5,12,14]. According to the theory (Figure 1), an individual’s behavior is based on his or her readiness to perform that behavior (i.e., intention). Intention is based on three factors: (1) attitude (A), which is the individual’s positive or negative perception of performing a behavior; (2) subjective norm (SN), which is the individual’s perception of social pressure to engage or not in a behavior; and (3) perceived behavioral control (PCB), which is the individual’s perception of his or her ability to perform a given behavior.

Bottom Line: Data drawn from 208 of 1000-field questionnaires were used to assess socio-demographic factors and the TPB constructs (i.e., attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors).The questionnaire data revealed that attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors significantly predicted household waste behaviors in Guangzhou, China.Through a structural equation modeling analysis, we concluded that campaigns targeting moral obligations may be particularly effective for increasing the participation rate in waste separation behaviors.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640, China. andy-zdl@163.com.

ABSTRACT
Understanding the factors that affect residents' waste separation behaviors helps in constructing effective environmental campaigns for a community. Using the theory of planned behavior (TPB), this study examines factors associated with waste separation behaviors by analyzing responses to questionnaires distributed in Guangzhou, China. Data drawn from 208 of 1000-field questionnaires were used to assess socio-demographic factors and the TPB constructs (i.e., attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors). The questionnaire data revealed that attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions, and situational factors significantly predicted household waste behaviors in Guangzhou, China. Through a structural equation modeling analysis, we concluded that campaigns targeting moral obligations may be particularly effective for increasing the participation rate in waste separation behaviors.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus