Under the Dome: Air Pollution, Wellbeing, and Pro-Environmental Behaviour Among Beijing Residents

[Speaker] Wang, Fang:1
[Co-author] Gu, Dian:1, Huang, Niwen:1, Zhang, Maoxin:1, Yu, Chenyi:1, Wang, Yachao:1, Wang, Shun:1
1:School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

The present work explores answers to how does air pollution affect people's psychological experiences among participants residing in Beijing, which is the capital of China and plagued by toxic haze. Study 1 recruited 50 undergraduates and applied a 10-day experience sampling method. Results revealed that the real-time objective air pollution index was negatively associated with immediate subjective wellbeing (SWB) but positively associated with eudaimonic wellbeing (EWB). Study 2 investigated a sample of 288 working adults living in Beijing for their perceptions of air quality, wellbeing, pro-environmental behaviour (PEB) intentions, future orientation, and place attachment. Results revealed that perceived air pollution could not predict general SWB but improved the sense of meaning in life (i.e., EWB). Furthermore, perceived air pollution increased PEB intentions, partially through the promotion of EWB, and this effect was stronger in those who were more emotionally attached to Beijing.
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