When Legitimacy Shapes Environmentally Responsible Behaviors: Considering Exposure to University Sustainability Initiatives

Title:
When Legitimacy Shapes Environmentally Responsible Behaviors: Considering Exposure to University Sustainability Initiatives
Authors:
Watson, Lesley; Hegtvedt, Karen A.; Johnson, Cathryn; Parris, Christie L.; Subramanyam, Shruthi
Abstract:
This study examines how perceptions of the legitimacy of university sustainability efforts—support by the administration (authorization) or from students’ peers (endorsement)—as well as the physical context in which students live, matter in shaping students’ environmentally responsible behaviors (ERBs). Using survey data collected from fourth-year students at a university in the Southeastern US, we employ Seeming Unrelated Regression to analyze the impact of perceived legitimacy and context on recycling and conservation behaviors, controlling for demographic characteristics, pro-environmental attitudes, and environmental identity. Our findings indicate that students’ perceptions of what university administrators support affect the likelihood of students to enact recycling and conservation behaviors, and peer support influences conservation behaviors. This research contributes to the literature on legitimacy by examining how legitimacy processes work in natural, rather than experimental, settings.
Citation:
Watson, Lesley, Karen A. Hegtvedt, Cathryn Johnson, et al. 2017. "When Legitimacy Shapes Environmentally Responsible Behaviors: Considering Exposure to University Sustainability Initiatives." Education Sciences 7(1): 13.
Publisher:
MDPI
DATE ISSUED:
2017
Department:
Sociology
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.3390/educsci7010013
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/620302

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dc.contributor.authorWatson, Lesleyen_US
dc.contributor.authorHegtvedt, Karen A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Cathrynen_US
dc.contributor.authorParris, Christie L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSubramanyam, Shruthien_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-09T18:29:27Z-
dc.date.available2017-03-09T18:29:27Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationWatson, Lesley, Karen A. Hegtvedt, Cathryn Johnson, et al. 2017. "When Legitimacy Shapes Environmentally Responsible Behaviors: Considering Exposure to University Sustainability Initiatives." Education Sciences 7(1): 13.en
dc.identifier.issn2227-7102-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/620302-
dc.description.abstractThis study examines how perceptions of the legitimacy of university sustainability efforts—support by the administration (authorization) or from students’ peers (endorsement)—as well as the physical context in which students live, matter in shaping students’ environmentally responsible behaviors (ERBs). Using survey data collected from fourth-year students at a university in the Southeastern US, we employ Seeming Unrelated Regression to analyze the impact of perceived legitimacy and context on recycling and conservation behaviors, controlling for demographic characteristics, pro-environmental attitudes, and environmental identity. Our findings indicate that students’ perceptions of what university administrators support affect the likelihood of students to enact recycling and conservation behaviors, and peer support influences conservation behaviors. This research contributes to the literature on legitimacy by examining how legitimacy processes work in natural, rather than experimental, settings.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherMDPIen
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/educsci7010013-
dc.subject.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.titleWhen Legitimacy Shapes Environmentally Responsible Behaviors: Considering Exposure to University Sustainability Initiativesen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEducation Sciencesen
dc.subject.keywordLegitimacyen_US
dc.subject.keywordUniversity administrationen_US
dc.subject.keywordEnvironmentally responsible behaviorsen_US
dc.identifier.volume7en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
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