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Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior in Environmental Science: A Comprehensive Bibliometric Analysis

School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2788; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152788
Received: 31 May 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 2 August 2019 / Published: 4 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Science and Engineering)
Since the theory of planned behavior (TPB) was proposed by Ajzen in 1985, it has attracted extensive interest and been widely applied worldwide. Although an increasing number of studies have employed the TPB in the domain of environmental science, there have been no attempts to retrospectively analyze existing articles. The current study aimed to holistically understand the application status of the TPB in environmental science from a knowledge domain visualization perspective. A total of 531 journal articles were obtained through the Scopus database to perform a bibliometric analysis and content analysis. The results showed that waste management, green consumption, climate and environment, saving and conservation, and sustainable transportation are the primary research topics; the United States (U.S.), Mainland China, the United Kingdom (UK), and Malaysia are the most productive countries/regions. Moreover, the cross-disciplinary situations, main source journals, and key articles were revealed. Furthermore, the extended factors, integrated theories, major methods, specific groups, and control variables of environmental science research using the TPB were elaborated and integrated into a comprehensive application framework. Constructive criticisms were ultimately discussed. The findings contribute in several ways to help relevant researchers learn about the application of TPB to environmental science and provide new insights and holistic references for further research on environment-related behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: theory of planned behavior; TPB; environmental behavior; intention; bibliometric analysis theory of planned behavior; TPB; environmental behavior; intention; bibliometric analysis
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Si, H.; Shi, J.-g.; Tang, D.; Wen, S.; Miao, W.; Duan, K. Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior in Environmental Science: A Comprehensive Bibliometric Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2788. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152788

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Si H, Shi J-g, Tang D, Wen S, Miao W, Duan K. Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior in Environmental Science: A Comprehensive Bibliometric Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(15):2788. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152788

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Si, Hongyun, Jian-gang Shi, Daizhong Tang, Shiping Wen, Wei Miao, and Kaifeng Duan. 2019. "Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior in Environmental Science: A Comprehensive Bibliometric Analysis" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 15: 2788. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152788

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