The ecological belief in a just world and environmental behavior

[Speaker] Kiral Ucar, Gözde:1
[Co-author] Celik, Bilal:2, Baier, Monika:2, Müller, Markus:3, Kals, Elisabeth:2
1:Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), 2:Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany), 3:Paracelsus Medical University, Nuremberg General Hospital (Germany)

Baier, Kals, and Müller (2013) developed the construct of a specific ecological belief in a just world (EBJW) to understand a possible dispositional tendency that may lead to differences in individuals' evaluations and reactions about ecological justice. They observed that the EBJW is positively associated with justification arguments and explains environmental behavior. The aim of the present study is to test the model in Turkey as a non-western country (N = 245; Female: n = 183; Male: n = 61; Missing: n = 2; age: M = 34.23; SD = 10.28).
Regression analyses revealed that the EBJW qualified, together with other cognitional and emotional components, as a predictor of environmental behavior. This successful cross-validation underpins the need to further investigate the EBJW as a powerful and important construct within the field of environmental justice research.
Key words: ecological belief in a just world; environmental behavior; environment-related cognitions; environment-related emotions
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