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Title: Anticipated guilt and anti-littering civic engagement in an extended norm activation model
Authors: Rosenthal, Sonny
Yu, Max S. C.
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Rosenthal, S. & Yu, M. S. C. (2022). Anticipated guilt and anti-littering civic engagement in an extended norm activation model. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 80, 101757-.
Project: BSEWWT2017_02
Journal: Journal of Environmental Psychology
Abstract: The norm activation model typically concerns behaviors individuals perform to avoid contributing to an environmental problem, which recent research characterized as self-managing behaviors. That research also accounted for behaviors focused on the actions of others, which it labeled other-managing behaviors, finding such behaviors are uniquely related to community attachment and anticipated shame/embarrassment. The current study accounts additionally for civic engagement, which it conceptualizes as a “sibling” of other-managing behaviors. Structural equation modeling of data from a national survey of Singapore residents (N = 949) showed that anticipated shame/embarrassment is related to other managing behavior (β = 0.10) and civic engagement (β = 0.15). In an alternative model, this study added anticipated guilt as a predictor of other managing behavior (β = 0.29) and civic engagement (β = 0.21). In that latter model, anticipated shame/embarrassment was not a significant predictor of either outcome variable. A general conclusion is that the extended norm activation model should include guilt as a predictor of other-managing behaviors and civic engagement. The discussion considers these findings in relation to responsibility denial, emotional arousal, and group-based emotions.
ISSN: 0272-4944
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2022.101757
Schools: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Nanyang Business School 
Rights: © 2022 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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