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May 2, 2017 / societyforhumanecology

Social Well-Being and Pro-Environmental Behavior HER Pre-Print

Prati, G., Albanesi, C. and Pietrantoni, L. 2016 Social Well-Being and Pro-En­vironmental Behavior: A Cross-Lagged Panel Design Human Ecology Review in press [INSERT ACCESS DATE] url: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/116208

The main aim of this study was to investigate the bidirectional relationship between social well-being and energy conservation behavior as a form of pro-environmental behavior. Participants were 298 undergraduate and masters students at an Italian public university. We applied structural equation modeling with two waves of survey data from a cross-lagged panel design to investigate reciprocal relationships between latent variables representing social well-being and pro-environmental behavior. Results showed that pro-environmental behavior at baseline predicted later social well-being controlling for the effects of baseline social well-being. Conversely, social well-being at baseline predicted subsequent levels of pro-environmental behavior controlling for previous levels of pro-environmental behavior. Results were compared using multi-group invariance testing of paths across gender. These relationships did not differ between men and women. Together, these findings suggest that a bidirectional relationship between social well-being and pro-environmental behavior is supported.

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