Personality Traits, Environmental Awareness and Pro Environmental Behavior among University Students

Author: Sitara Kanwal

Supervisor: Amna Rafique & Iram Fatima, Ph.D

Degree: MSc

Year: 2012-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


A cross sectional study investigated the relationship of personality, and
environmental awareness with pro-environmental behavior in university
students. It was hypothesized that students with formal environmental
awareness would have more pro-environmental behavior than those who
did not have formal environmental awareness. Moreover openness,
conscientiousness and agreeableness dimensions of personality would be
positively related to pro environmental behavior. Further it was also
hypothesized that men would behave more pro environmentally than
women. The sample consisted of 208 students from universities of Lahore.
Neo Five Personality Inventory (Costa & Maccrae, 1985) was used to
assess personality traits of the participants, while Self-Reported Pro
Environmental Scale (Schultz & Zelezny, 1998) assessed participants’ pro
environmental behavior. Correlation and linear regression revealed
positive relationship of conscientiousness with pro environmental
behavior. Findings also suggested that women tendency to behave pro
environmentally was less as compared to men. However environmental
awareness was not positively related to pro environmental behavior.
Findings also indicated that conscientiousness was predictor of
pro-environmental behavior.

Keywords: Personality, Environmental Awareness, Pro-Environmental Behavior.

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