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Locus of control, problem-solving skills appraisal as predictors of waste prevention behaviors


Karbalaei, Samaneh and Abdollahi , Abbas and Abu Talib, Mansor and Yaacob, Siti Nor and Ismail, Zanariah (2013) Locus of control, problem-solving skills appraisal as predictors of waste prevention behaviors. Romanian Journal of Applied Psychology, 15 (2). pp. 51-58. ISSN 1454-8062


Given that waste generation is a devastating problem, it is necessary that we advance our knowledge about the etiology of waste prevention behaviors. Accordingly, this study sought to increase the existing literature of waste prevention behaviors by examining the relationships among the locus of control, problem-solving confidence, approach-avoidance style, personal control style and participant’s age with waste prevention behaviors. Two hundred and forty participants (126 Women, and 114 men) from Putra University (Universiti Putra Malaysia) completed the Locus of Control of Behavior Scale, Waste Prevention Behaviors, Problem-Solving skills Appraisal and Socio-demographic questions. The Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) estimated individuals with internal personal control, effective problem-solving confidence, internal locus of control and approaching styles were more likely to pursue waste prevention behaviors. In addition, men were better than women at problem-solving confidence, approaching style, while women were better than men at internal locus of control, and personal control style. Therefore, these findings reinforce the importance of personality traits in waste prevention behaviors.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Environmental Studies
Faculty of Human Ecology
Publisher: West University of Timisoara Publishing House & The Euroregional Center for Applied Psychology
Keywords: Locus of control; Problem-solving skills appraisal; Waste prevention behaviors
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 02:20
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2015 03:18
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/28226
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