A RISK PERCEPTION MODEL OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

TitleA RISK PERCEPTION MODEL OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFang, S-C, Yu, T-Y
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume14
Issue3
Start Page339-350
PaginationContinuous
Date PublishedJune/2015
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 1161061
Keywordsclimate change, environmental behavior, partial least square, personality trait
Abstract

This study establishes a behavioral model for university students by utilizing the theories of planned behavior and value-belief-norm, and proposes key latent variables for risk perception toward climate change to establish a structural equation model. Partial least squares analyses and three indicators are utilized to test the reliability, validity, and goodness-of-fit of the model. This study establishes a mixed model with formative and reflective indicators, and assesses both environmental concern and personality traits as formative indicators. Using standardized path coefficients, eight out of 10 paths demonstrate statistical significance, indicating that environmental value and environmental attitudes influence environmental behavior. Three of the five included personality traits (e.g., agreeableness, extraversion, and openness) demonstrate a positive correlation with environmental behavior and environmental attributes. Individuals’ risk perception positively influences their environmental value, environmental attitudes, and environmental behavior with respect to climate change.

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