One size fits none: tailoring messages to communicate environmental threats

Pardon, Madelyn, Swinbourne, Anne, and McShane, Connar (2019) One size fits none: tailoring messages to communicate environmental threats. The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, 15 (2). pp. 23-33.

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Abstract

This research aimed to understand peoples' perceptions of environmental threats to inform threat message construction and branch away from the previous 'one size fits all' approach to environmental campaigns. The study used a health decision making model (Extended Parallel Process Model) to cluster individuals based on common cognitive characteristics. The research focused on the context of water security in the drought declared region of Townsville, North Queensland (Australia), where water use was monitored and restricted. A sample of 363 participants were recruited from this region. Participants completed an online survey which asked questions relating to water usage behaviours, perceptions relating to how the water restrictions were communicated, as well as the concerns regarding water security at the time and in the future. Three cluster groups were constructed based on EPPM variables (perceived self-efficacy, perceived response-efficacy and perceived threat). Each group was significantly different in terms of levels of water saving behaviour. This research informs a more targeted approach to the communication of environmental threats, such a drought, with the aim of increasing the sustainability of the natural resource.

Item ID: 61118
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2325-1085
Keywords: Water Sustainability; Extended Parallel Process Model; EPPM; Environmental Behaviour; Clusters
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Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 23:31
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 75%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170202 Decision Making @ 25%
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