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How do Justice Judgements and Moral Motives Influence Willingness for Energy Saving Behaviors and Commitments?


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Baier, Monika ; Müller, Markus ; Kals, Elisabeth:
How do Justice Judgements and Moral Motives Influence Willingness for Energy Saving Behaviors and Commitments?
Veranstaltung: The 14th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR): Social Justice in a Complex Reality, 9.-13.9.2012, Rishon Lezion, Israel.
(Veranstaltungsbeitrag: Kongress/Konferenz/Symposium/Tagung, Poster)


Studying the use and consumption of energy is a crucial issue for psychological research, because they contribute significantly to global climate change. However, the underlying motives for behavioral change and engagements are only poorly understood. We argue that cognitive and affective appraisals of justice and a dispositional belief in an ecologically just world (BEJW) play an important role in predicting why people engage in energy saving behaviors to protect the global climate or in behaviors that have negative impacts on the climate. Therefore, a questionnaire study (N = 312) examined the influence of distributive justice judgements concerning the distributions of harms and profits from climate change, appraisals of responsibility, emotions (anger, outrage and existential guilt), and the belief in an ecologically just world on energy-relevant behaviors and commitments. Two research questions were addressed: 1) What are the justice judgments concerning the causes and consequences of global climate change? 2) Can justice judgments and appraisals of responsibility explain energy use? The constructs were validated by comparing criteria groups. The results confirmed the construct of ecological belief in a just world (BEJW). Furthermore, it could be shown that the BEJW acts as a justification of behavior in favor of goals that contradict with climate protection. Regression analyses revealed that justice- and responsibility-related motives can explain individual reductions in energy use, especially the willingness to buy energy-saving equipment (R²= .48). Practical implications and theoretical conclusions with regard to the understanding of sustainability and the encouragement of sustainable behavior are discussed.

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Publikationsform:Veranstaltungsbeitrag (unveröffentlicht): Kongress/Konferenz/Symposium/Tagung, Poster
Schlagwörter:Energienutzung; Klimawandel; Gerechtigkeit; Verantwortung
Institutionen der Universität:Philosophisch-Pädagogische Fakultät > Psychologie > Professur für Sozial- und Organisationspsychologie
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