Participation in Voluntary Auto Emissions Inspection

Tedeschi, R. G., Cann, A., & Siegfried, W. D. (1982). Participation in voluntary auto emissions inspection. Journal of Social Psychology, 117, 2, 309-310.

43 drivers attending a voluntary auto emissions inspection and 63 randomly selected drivers responded to a study on environmental problems. Those attending the inspection reported perceiving that pollution had a direct effect on their lives more than did those in the random sample. The 2 groups did not differ on measures of environmental concern, knowledge, and control or in their assignment of responsibility for pollution and its control. Heightening awareness of the direct effects on pollution may be more effective in enhancing personal responsibility for pollution than efforts to change attitudes, knowledge, or personality variables.

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