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The influence of risk perception, social norm, and efficacy beliefs on people's intention to demand citizen assemblies to tackle the climate crisis

Kruse, Anni (2020) The influence of risk perception, social norm, and efficacy beliefs on people's intention to demand citizen assemblies to tackle the climate crisis.

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Abstract:The purpose of this study was to find out how the psychological factors perceived severity, perceived susceptibility, self-efficacy, response efficacy and social norm influence people’s intention to demand the government to implement citizen assemblies (CAs) that might contribute to slowing down negative effects due to the climate crisis. The hypotheses were that with the increase of each of the five factors, the dependent variable intention would increase. As a basis for the variables, the Elaborative Parallel Process Model (EPPM) and the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) were considered. To test the hypotheses, an online questionnaire with 21 items was filled by 266 respondents. The results confirmed all five hypotheses. Additionally, an interaction effect was found between risk perception (severity and susceptibility combined) and efficacy beliefs (response efficacy and self-efficacy combined). This implied that the higher people’s efficacy beliefs regarding the protective behaviour are, the higher are the effects of their risk perception on the intention to demand CAs. Thus, it could be concluded that all five factor influence people to demand the government to implement CAs.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/80457
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