Holism and pro-environmental commitment: An examination on the mediating roles of affective and cognitive determinants

Kenichi ITO, Man Wai LI

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Abstract

To advance the understanding of great individual variations in pro-environmental tendencies, the current research examined the role of holistic versus analytic thinking, which is non-specific to environmental issues, and explored the underlying mechanisms via both affective and cognitive determinants, i.e., affective affinity toward nature and awareness of risk to nature, respectively. Study 1 found that stronger holistic (vs. analytic) thinking predicted greater pro-environmental commitment, and this relation was explained by greater affective affinity toward nature and greater awareness of risk to nature. Recruiting a larger community sample with diverse demographic characteristics, Study 2 replicated the patterns of Study 1. Study 3 manipulated thinking style and found some partial evidence for the relationships among the examined variables. This research highlights the importance of domain-general individual characteristics in environmental research. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-166
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume149
Early online dateJun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

Citation

Ito, K., & Li, L. M. W. (2019). Holism and pro-environmental commitment: An examination on the mediating roles of affective and cognitive determinants. Personality and Individual Differences, 149, 160-166. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.05.055

Keywords

  • Holistic thinking
  • Analytic thinking
  • Pro-environmental commitment
  • Affective affinity
  • Awareness of risk
  • Nature

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