The Role of future time perspective, environmental attitudes, perceived knowledge, self-efficacy of cooperation and gender in predicting university students’ beliefs and behavioral intention about global climate change

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2015
Ateş, Deniz
The main purpose of the present study was to explore the role of future time perspective, perceived knowledge about global climate change, environmental attitudes, and self-efficacy of cooperation in predicting the university students’ beliefs about occurrence, causes and consequences of global climate change and behavioral intention to mitigate global climate change after controlling for gender. For this purpose, a quantitative study was designed and conducted with the participation of 1580 undergraduate students of METU and the data was gathered through the data collection instrument named Future Perspective Related Beliefs and Behavioral Intention about Global Climate Change Scale. The results revealed that self-efficacy of cooperation, ecocentric attitude and perceived knowledge, among others, are mainly three influential factors for the undergraduate students’ beliefs about global climate change. The contribution of future time perspective, although low, was statistically significant in predicting behavioral intention to mitigate global climate change. The results also suggested that ecocentric attitude and perceived knowledge, among others, are mainly two influential factors for the undergraduate students’ beliefs about global climate change. Future time perspective’s contribution although low, was found to be significant in undergraduate students’ beliefs about global climate change.

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D. Ateş, “The Role of future time perspective, environmental attitudes, perceived knowledge, self-efficacy of cooperation and gender in predicting university students’ beliefs and behavioral intention about global climate change,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.