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Internal Motivations, External Contexts, and Sustainable Consumption Behavior in China—Based on the TPB-ABC Integration Model

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School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
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School of Environment and Natural Resources, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
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Academic Editors: María del Carmen Valls Martínez, José-María Montero and Pedro Antonio Martín Cervantes
Sustainability 2022, 14(13), 7677; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su14137677
Received: 6 June 2022 / Revised: 21 June 2022 / Accepted: 22 June 2022 / Published: 23 June 2022
Population expansion and the depletion of the planet’s natural resources make it necessary to look at human consumption behavior in sustainable development. The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence factors, the influence paths, and the decision-making mechanisms of Chinese consumers’ sustainable consumption behavior through the TPB–ABC integration theory. Based on survey data from 534 consumers in Dongying, China, this study used the partial least squares structural equation model (PLS-SEM) to analyze the main factors that influence the three sections of sustainable consumption behaviors, which are green purchase behavior, green transportation behavior, and recycling and resource conservation behavior. Decision-making mechanisms are discussed concerning impact pathways. The results prove that three internal motivations and two external contexts are intimately linked to customers’ behavioral decisions, with external contexts indirectly shaping individual attitudes. Furthermore, the factors that influence various types of sustainable consumption practices differ. Specifically, green purchase behavior and green transportation behavior are mainly influenced by attitude variables, and negative contexts mainly influence recycling and resource conservation behavior. Finally, the study suggested corresponding policy recommendations to promote sustainable consumption. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable consumption behavior (SCB); internal motivations; external contexts; the TPB-ABC integration model; partial least squares structural equation model (PLS-SEM) sustainable consumption behavior (SCB); internal motivations; external contexts; the TPB-ABC integration model; partial least squares structural equation model (PLS-SEM)
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Qin, B.; Song, G. Internal Motivations, External Contexts, and Sustainable Consumption Behavior in China—Based on the TPB-ABC Integration Model. Sustainability 2022, 14, 7677. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su14137677

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Qin B, Song G. Internal Motivations, External Contexts, and Sustainable Consumption Behavior in China—Based on the TPB-ABC Integration Model. Sustainability. 2022; 14(13):7677. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su14137677

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Qin, Bowen, and Ge Song. 2022. "Internal Motivations, External Contexts, and Sustainable Consumption Behavior in China—Based on the TPB-ABC Integration Model" Sustainability 14, no. 13: 7677. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su14137677

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