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Food waste among Dutch students: motivations and barriers to behave conscientiously towards food waste

Broshuis, Lisanne (2021) Food waste among Dutch students: motivations and barriers to behave conscientiously towards food waste.

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Abstract:The alarming numbers of food waste internationally have negative consequences making it crucial to study what causes and affects food-wasting behaviour. This study investigated food waste behaviour among students, taking their living situation into consideration. Food waste behaviour was studied by an extensive questionnaire, based on the factors of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. The survey measured several psychological constructs, such as food waste knowledge and financial attitudes to gain insights on food waste behaviour among students. Ultimately, distributing the questionnaire led to a sample of 184 students. The outcomes of this study were that, among students, i) a high intention to avoid food waste leads to lower amounts of food waste, making intention a key factor in food-wasting behaviour; ii) perceived behavioural control appeared to be both a direct as an indirect predictor of food-wasting behaviour; iii) personal attitudes had a strong positive relationship with the intention to avoid food waste. Lastly, no outstanding results were found when differentiating between students’ living situations. However, it did appear that students living with parents wasted significantly more vegetables than students living alone or students living with their partner, making additional research on the possible effects of living situations of students promising.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86099
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