Sustainable behavior and time perspective: Present, past, and future orientations and their relationship with water conservation behavior: Present, Past, and Future Orientations and Their Relationship with Water Conservation Behavior

Victor Corral-Verdugo, Blanca Fraijo-Sing, José Q Pinheiro

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Abstract

Three hundred individuals at a Mexican city responded to Zimbardo's Time Perspective Inventory (ZTPI), and self-reported how frequently they engaged in water conservation practices. The ZTPI assesses individual differences in terms of attitudes believed to identify orientations towards a positive or negative past, hedonistic or fatalistic present, and future orientations. Results were processed within two structural equation models, which showed that present orientation negatively affected water conservation. Water conservation did not correlate with past orientation. Yet, that pro-environmental behavior significantly and positively was influenced by Future Orientation. Women reported a higher involvement in water conservation practices, whereas adult individuals (> 18 years old) and those with higher schooling levels presented a higher Future Orientation. Proposals considering these results are discussed aimed at developing sustainable attitudes and behaviors.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)139-147
Number of pages9
JournalInteramerican Journal of Psychology
Volume40
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Conservation (ecological behavior)
  • Hermosillo (Mexico)
  • Time perspective

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