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Perceived Behavioral Control as a Mediator between Attitudes and Intentions toward Marine Responsible Environmental Behavior

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Graduate Institute of Science Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 11677, Taiwan
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Department of Earth Sciences, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 11677, Taiwan
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Taipei Astronomical Museum, Taipei 111013, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Jenn Kai Tsai
Water 2021, 13(5), 580; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050580
Received: 31 January 2021 / Revised: 19 February 2021 / Accepted: 21 February 2021 / Published: 24 February 2021
The marine environment has plunged into crisis with the growth of human activities. The enhancement of responsible environmental behavior (REB) requires policy and education to cultivate social awareness and actions to sustain marine resources. Several studies revealed that the intention serves as an effective predictor of actual behaviors. Furthermore, researchers generally acknowledge that attitudes and perceived behavioral control are potential factors toward behavior intention. However, some research has found that a positive attitude toward the environment does not translate into responsible environmental behavior. Additionally, the model of behavior in the marine context, especially the relationships between attitudes, perceived behavioral control, and the intention of responsible environmental behavior, are still not clear. Students’ attitudes, perceived behavioral control, and intentions toward responsible marine environmental behavior (M-REB) were evaluated via questionnaires. The data from a total of 79 undergraduate students were analyzed. The results suggest that perceived behavioral control is the mediator between attitudes and intentions toward M-REB. This finding reveals the potential benefits of reconsidering the importance of perceived behavioral control in promoting M-REB and provides empirical evidence for future policy-makers in society and education. View Full-Text
Keywords: attitude; perceived behavioral control; marine responsible environmental behavior; mediation effect attitude; perceived behavioral control; marine responsible environmental behavior; mediation effect
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Lin, Y.-C.; Liu, G.-Y.; Chang, C.-Y.; Lin, C.-F.; Huang, C.-Y.; Chen, L.-W.; Yeh, T.-K. Perceived Behavioral Control as a Mediator between Attitudes and Intentions toward Marine Responsible Environmental Behavior. Water 2021, 13, 580. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050580

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Lin Y-C, Liu G-Y, Chang C-Y, Lin C-F, Huang C-Y, Chen L-W, Yeh T-K. Perceived Behavioral Control as a Mediator between Attitudes and Intentions toward Marine Responsible Environmental Behavior. Water. 2021; 13(5):580. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050580

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Lin, Yi-Chen, Guang-Ying Liu, Chun-Yen Chang, Chi-Feng Lin, Chung-Yi Huang, Lin-Wen Chen, and Ting-Kuang Yeh. 2021. "Perceived Behavioral Control as a Mediator between Attitudes and Intentions toward Marine Responsible Environmental Behavior" Water 13, no. 5: 580. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050580

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