Tracing the path from personality—via cooperativeness—to conservation

  • Hilbig B
  • Zettler I
  • Moshagen M
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Ecological behaviour is often conceptualized as an instance of cooperating in a social dilemma situation. Thus, it has been argued to relate to dispositional tendencies of moral virtue and pro-social orientation. To embed such notions in models of basic personality, we herein predicted that the recently proposed sixth basic personality factor, Honesty-Humility - which specifically pertains to individual differences in cooperativeness - is linked to environmental attitudes and ecological behaviour. Results from two studies (N = 137 and N = 531, respectively) supported these hypotheses and showed that Honesty-Humility explains incremental variance beyond the remaining, more classical five factors of personality. In addition, mediation analyses revealed that Honesty-Humility exerts part of its influence via individual differences in pro-social value orientations. Individual tendencies to cooperate in social dilemma situations could thus be shown to form a bridge between basic personality dimensions and ecological behaviour. Copyright (C) 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Ecological behaviour
  • Environmental attitudes
  • Honesty-Humility
  • Social dilemma
  • Social value orientation

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  • Benjamin E. Hilbig

  • Ingo Zettler

  • Morten Moshagen

  • Timo Heydasch

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