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Main Title: Meditating for the Planet: Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Sustainable Consumption Behaviors
Author(s): Geiger, Sonja M.
Fischer, Daniel
Schrader, Ulf
Grossman, Paul
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Recent research suggests that mindfulness may foster sustainable consumption behavior through the reduction of the so-called attitude–behavior gap, or by weakening material values while increasing subjective well-being. The current controlled longitudinal study tested these propositions by employing a sustainability-adapted mindfulness-based intervention (sMBI) to two different samples (n = 60 university students; n = 71 employees). Although the intervention successfully enhanced mindful experiences in both samples, we found no evidence for neither direct effects on sustainable consumption behavior or related attitudes, nor for the reduction of the attitude–behavior gap. However, the intervention led to greater well-being in the student sample and suggested a decline of materialistic value orientations in both samples. The results blunt previous claims about potential causal effects of mindfulness practice on sustainable consumption behavior. Nevertheless, they indicate that the sMBI affects behavior-distal variables, such as material values and well-being, which in turn could influence consumption behavior in the long run.
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2020
Date Available: 12-Jan-2021
DDC Class: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Subject(s): mindfulness
sustainable consumption
pro-environmental behavior
attitude–behavior gap
material values
intervention study
Journal Title: Environment and Behavior
Publisher: SAGE
Publisher Place: London
Volume: 52
Issue: 9
Publisher DOI: 10.1177/0013916519880897
Page Start: 1012
Page End: 1042
EISSN: 1552-390X
ISSN: 0013-9165
Notes: This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
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