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The value-action gap in waste recycling: the case of undergraduates in Hong Kong.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17638045     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The discrepancy between verbal and actual commitment in waste recycling and environmental behavior is thought to have attenuated the effectiveness of many environmental policy and measures. Studies purport to show the existence of such a value-action gap in environmental issues has been largely based on matching the verbal commitment to environmental value through self-reported environmental behavioral data. Therefore, there is a lack of direct evidence to prove that such a discrepancy exists. This study demonstrates a methodology (contrasting on-site observation with self-reported results) to measure the gap between verbal commitment and actual recycling behavior and provides an explanation on the recycling behavior of students at Hong Kong Baptist University in the hope that the lessons learnt can be generalized to a wider context. Our findings indicate that a gap between verbal recycling commitment and corresponding action does exist in waste recycling on this university campus. By using multiple linear regression analysis, we found that the self-reported recycling behavior of undergraduates cannot be meaningfully explained by most variables previously suggested in the general value-action model.
Shan-Shan Chung; Monica Miu-Yin Leung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-07-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental management     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0364-152X     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Manage     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-19     Completed Date:  2008-01-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703893     Medline TA:  Environ Manage     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  603-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Croucher Institute for Environmental Sciences, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.
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MeSH Terms
Conservation of Natural Resources*
Hong Kong
Social Values
Waste Management / methods*

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