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Psychological and situational influences on commuter-transport-mode choice

Collins, Christy M. and Chambers, Susan M. 2005, Psychological and situational influences on commuter-transport-mode choice, Environment and behavior, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 640-661, doi: 10.1177/0013916504265440.

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Title Psychological and situational influences on commuter-transport-mode choice
Author(s) Collins, Christy M.
Chambers, Susan M.
Journal name Environment and behavior
Volume number 37
Issue number 5
Start page 640
End page 661
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2005-09
ISSN 0013-9165
1552-390X
Keyword(s) proenvironmental behavior
commuter choice
environmental values
environmental beliefs
Summary The relative importance and relationship between psychological and situational factors in predicting commuter-transport-mode choice was tested by four hypotheses. First, the influence of individuals’ values on commuter behavior is mediated by their corresponding beliefs about the environmental threat of cars (mediation hypothesis). Second, the influence of these beliefs on behavior is moderated by individual consideration of future consequences and control beliefs (moderation hypothesis). Third, cost, time, and access factors contribute to individuals’ commuter choice (situational hypothesis). Fourth, situational and psychological factors jointly influence proenvironmental behavior (interaction hypothesis). A sample of 205 Australian university students completed a survey to measure these relationships. Regression analyses indicated support for the mediation, situational, and interaction hypotheses. It was concluded that to achieve a transport-mode shift to public transport, public policy strategies should focus on individuals’ transport-related environmental beliefs (personal control and environmental effect of cars) and situations (access to public transport at reduced cost).
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0013916504265440
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003087

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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