The relationship between dialectical beliefs and proenvironmental behaviors

Man Wai LI, Dongmei MEI, Wen-Qiao LI, Hajin LEE

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Abstract

Dialectical beliefs emphasize constant change, tolerance of contradiction, and holistic perception. This research examined the relationship between dialectical beliefs and proenvironmental behaviors. Study 1a showed that stronger dialectical beliefs were associated with fewer proenvironmental behaviors among Chinese participants; this result was replicated in Study 1b. To examine the negative relationship between dialectical beliefs and proenvironmental behaviors across cultures, Study 2 recruited both native Chinese and European Americans and replicated the results conceptually by measuring proenvironmental behaviors in a hypothetical shopping scenario. Study 3 provided further generally supportive evidence by considering the influence of both dialectical beliefs and interdependent self-construal on proenvironmental behaviors between native Chinese and European Canadians. Finally, a meta-analysis of the obtained results revealed a weak but significant negative association between dialectical beliefs and proenvironmental behaviors. Theoretical implications for cross-cultural environmental research and practical implications for proenvironmental campaigns were discussed. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-247
JournalEnvironment and Behavior
Volume52
Issue number3
Early online dateSep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Citation

Li, L. M. W., Mei, D., Li, W.-Q., & Lee, H. (2020). The relationship between dialectical beliefs and proenvironmental behaviors. Environment and Behavior, 52(3), 223-247. doi: 10.1177/0013916518799821

Keywords

  • Proenvironmental behaviors
  • Dialectical beliefs
  • Culture
  • Dialecticism
  • Interdependent self-construal

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