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A conceptual framework for understanding and analysing attitudes towards household-waste management

Barr, S.; Gilg, A. W.; Ford, N. J.; Barr, Stewart; Gilg, Andrew W; Ford, Nicholas J


S. Barr

A. W. Gilg

N. J. Ford

Stewart Barr

Andrew W Gilg

Nicholas J Ford


The disposal of household waste has become a major problem for all industrialised countries. Public policy has focused on changing household attitudes by information campaigns. However, the link between environmental attitudes and actions is a very complex one. The authors develop a conceptual framework with three predictors: environmental values, situational variables, and psychological variables. This framework can be used to formulate both questionnaire design and data analysis. The paper demonstrates its utility with a report on recent research that has used the framework to provide important new findings about different attitudes and actions to waste minimisation, waste reuse, and waste recycling. These findings have clear implications for public policy as well as lending considerable empirical support to the original conceptualisation offered by the authors.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2001
Journal Environment and Planning A
Print ISSN 0308-518X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 11
Pages 2025-2048
APA6 Citation Ford, N. J., Gilg, A. W., Barr, S., Barr, S., Gilg, A. W., & Ford, N. J. (2001). A conceptual framework for understanding and analysing attitudes towards household-waste management. Environment and Planning A, 33(11), 2025-2048.
Keywords conceptual framework, attitudes, household-waste management
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Additional Information Additional Information : Economy and Society Gilg developed this with Ford and in conjunction with Barr who had the original idea in his PhD thesis which was used to obtain the ESRC funding in Output 1.

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