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'Yes, We Can!': Self-construal, Perceived Ability to Make a Difference, and Socially Responsible Behavior

Cojuharenco, Irina, Cornelissen, Gert and Karelaia, Natalia (2016) 'Yes, We Can!': Self-construal, Perceived Ability to Make a Difference, and Socially Responsible Behavior Journal of Environmental Psychology, 48. pp. 75-86.

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A crucial determinant of socially responsible behavior is the extent to which people perceive their contributions to the collective good to be effective. We suggest that the sense of connectedness to others is an important driver of the perceived effectiveness of one's actions. The more individuals feel connected to others, the more they believe that their actions have a substantial impact on the collective good. As a result, those who feel more connected are more likely to engage in socially responsible behavior. We tested these predictions in one correlational and three experimental studies, involving behavioral measures such as exerting effort in support of a pro-environmental organization and contributing financially to a social cause. The data supported the hypothesized relationship between sense of connectedness, the perceived effectiveness of one's actions, and socially responsible behavior.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Cornelissen, Gert
Karelaia, Natalia
Date : 9 September 2016
DOI : 10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.09.002
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Sense of connectedness; Interdependence; Socially responsible behavior; Perceived effectiveness of one's actions; Social marketing
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 24 Aug 2017 08:22
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 18:55

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