Measuring “Awareness of Environmental Consequences”: Two Scales and Two Interpretations
Anthony Ryan and
No 2008-10, Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) Working Paper Series from CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
Moderate or poor reliabilities, worrisome correlation patterns and ambiguous dimensionality raise questions about the awareness of consequences scale being a valid measure of egoistic, social-altruistic and biospheric value orientations. These results may, however, indicate something else. An exploratory analysis performed on three samples collected from the general public provides evidence for a reinterpretation of the scale. We believe the concepts of egoistic, social and biospheric value orientations remain important as a potential explanation of behaviour. However, our results imply that whether people cognitively organise their beliefs in this way when considering adverse environmental consequences requires a different approach from the current awareness of consequences scale. The evidence shows the current scale must be reinterpreted as a measure of concern over the positive and negative consequences of environmental action and inaction.
Keywords: environmental beliefs; value orientations; environmental scales; egoistic; altruistic; biospheric; value-belief-norm model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D46 D64 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
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