Investigating self-affirmation, self-efficacy and response-efficacy in relation to pro-environmental behavior
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This study examined the effect of self-affirmation on self-efficacy and response-efficacy in relation to pro-environmental behavior. Self-affirmation was manipulated by having participants rank important values and write a paragraph about the value they ranked as most important. Outcome measures were self-reported intentions to engage in pro-environmental behavior, levels of self-efficacy, response efficacy and whether or not participants signed an environmental pledge or volunteered to help with an earth day event. Results indicated no significant main effects of self-affirmation on any of these dependent measures. However, results do indicate significant correlations between self-efficacy, response-efficacy and pro-environmental outcome measures. Participants with higher levels of self-efficacy and response-efficacy were more likely to engage in pro-environmental behavior and reported greater future intentions to engage in pro-environmental behavior.