Intergenerational influence on adolescents’ proenvironmental behavior

Jianan Li1, Chunlin Liu1
1School of Business, Nanjing University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Li, J., & Liu, C. (2016). Intergenerational influence on adolescents’ proenvironmental behavior. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 44(4), 589-602.

Volume 44 Issue 4 | e5179 | Published: May 2016 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2016.44.4.589

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We investigated the process of intergenerational influence on adolescents’ proenvironmental behavior in Chinese families. By differentiating 2 types of social influence (i.e., informational and normative influence), we found that adolescents’ proenvironmental behavior was positively related to both informational and normative influence in Chinese families. Furthermore, when we tested the contextual variable of parental power, we found that it moderated the 2 main effects, but in different directions. That is, the relationship between informational influence and adolescents’ proenvironmental behavior became stronger when adolescents perceived higher levels of parental power, with the opposite result with respect to normative influence. We have contributed to the literature on intergenerational influence, social influence, and adolescents’ proenvironmental behavior.

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