Using commitment to improve environmental quality

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Using commitment to improve environmental quality

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Using commitment to improve environmental quality
Author: Lokhorst, Anne Marike
Publisher: Social and Organisational Psychology, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2009-09-17
Keywords: Attitudes
Social dilemmas
Abstract: The making of commitments is often used as an intervention aimed at increasing pro-environmental behavior. Research shows that when people commit to changing their environmental behaviors, they tend to adhere to their commitments. In this dissertation it is investigated whether commitment making is effective in improving agricultural nature conservation and with that, environmental quality of farm lands. Furthermore, a conceptual review is offered, as well as an experimental investigation of the conditions under which people are willing to make such commitments. Results show that commitment making combined with tailored information is indeed effective in improving farmers’ nature conservation. Several explanations of the effect of commitment making on behavior are offered. Also, it is shown that that the willingness to invest in commitment making is contingent on the interplay of dispositional trust and situational expectations. Taken together, this dissertation aims to provide the reader with a perspective on the entire process of commitment making: under which conditions people engage in it, if it is successful in altering behavior, and how it is successful.
Description: Promotoren: E. van Dijk, G.R. de Snoo, Co-promotor: H. Staats
Faculty: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Citation: Lokhorst, A.M., 2009, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: Dissertatiereeks Kurt Lewin Instituut ; 2009-19
ISBN: 9789076269771

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