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Recycling 2018, 3(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling3010005

Procedural Information and Behavioral Control: Longitudinal Analysis of the Intention-Behavior Gap in the Context of Recycling

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
Received: 3 December 2017 / Revised: 18 January 2018 / Accepted: 19 January 2018 / Published: 22 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Waste Management Education and Promotion)
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The theory of planned behavior states that individuals act on their intentions, especially when they have behavioral control. The current study examines how seeking recycling-related procedural information—i.e., information about how and where to recycle—is related to behavioral control. Hypothesis testing used hierarchical ordinary least squares regression analysis of longitudinal data from 553 survey respondents. Results supported seven hypotheses. Most notably, procedural information seeking both mediated and moderated the relationship between intention and behavior. Further, the moderation effect was itself mediated by behavioral control. The argument for this mediated moderation is that information seeking enhances behavioral control, and it is primarily behavioral control that moderates the relationship between intention and behavior. These results have implications for the theory of planned behavior and, more generally, for how individuals use information to support their behaviors. View Full-Text
Keywords: planned behavior; reasoned action; recycling; information seeking; behavioral control; mediation; moderation; mediated moderation planned behavior; reasoned action; recycling; information seeking; behavioral control; mediation; moderation; mediated moderation
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Rosenthal, S. Procedural Information and Behavioral Control: Longitudinal Analysis of the Intention-Behavior Gap in the Context of Recycling. Recycling 2018, 3, 5.

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