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Finding Antecedents of Sustainable Food Consumption: The Individual Dispositions of Compassion for Others and Mindfulness

Holtemeyer, Malin (2021) Finding Antecedents of Sustainable Food Consumption: The Individual Dispositions of Compassion for Others and Mindfulness.

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Abstract:Purpose: A growing number of people follow a sustainable diet. To understand why some people act more sustainably than others, scholars started to focus on individual dispositions. Especially compassion and mindfulness show promising positive relationships with sustainable behaviour. Consequently, the purpose of this paper was to deepen the understanding of the relations between sustainable food consumption, compassion for others and mindfulness. Method: A cross-sectional correlational research design was employed, and participants (n=118) represented a mainly German and Dutch student population. To test the hypotheses, mediation analyses were conducted with SPSS. Results: Most participants considered themselves as sustainable food consumers. However, results showed that their level of sustainable food consumption was rather medium. No significant relation between compassion and sustainable food consumption could be found. However, the mindfulness facet ‘observing’ did have a significant effect on sustainable food consumption. A relationship between compassion and mindfulness could be observed. Conclusion: This study examined the effect of compassion for others and mindfulness on sustainable food consumption. As results showed only small or no significant effects, future research could consider different mediating variables such as connectedness to nature, or compassion for the environment, which could possibly be more related to food consumption.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87345
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