Factors influencing waste management behaviors : a focus on cohort differences in South Korea = 폐기물 관리 행동에 영향을 미치는 요인 : 한국의 코호트 차이를 중심으로a focus on cohort differences in South Korea

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Objectives: The waste problem is deepening with the advent of the Anthropocene. The United Nations emphasizes urgent actions needed to prevent the over-extraction of resources and to improve waste management through Sustainable Development Goal 12, and the South Korean government enacts waste management policies for creating a sustainable resource-circulating society. This study aims to examine psychological and socioeconomic factors associated with waste management behaviors with a focus on cohort differences in South Korea. Methods: Binary logistic regression was used to analyze data came from an online survey conducted by the Korea Environment Institute (N=1,071; age range=16-59). Waste management behaviors were assessed with questions about whether respondents were recycling and avoiding the use of disposables. Results: The results of descriptive analysis showed that older cohorts were more likely to recycle and not use disposable items compared to younger ones. In addition, the results of binary logistic regression analysis showed that environmental attitudes as well as psychological factors—such as perceived level of convenience and efficacy related to their behaviors—were statistically significantly associated with waste management behaviors even after controlling for socioeconomic factors such as income and housing type. Conclusions: The findings imply that public policies and programs changing environmental attitudes and perceived convenience and efficacy would be effective in promoting recycling and waste reduction behaviors. Furthermore, older cohorts, especially baby boomers, not only have a greater responsibility for the emergence of the Anthropocene, but also a potential to become an agent of change for solving the waste problem.
Advisors
Choi, Moonresearcher최문정researcher
Description
한국과학기술원 :과학기술정책대학원,
Publisher
한국과학기술원
Issue Date
2020
Identifier
325007
Language
eng
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학위논문(석사) - 한국과학기술원 : 과학기술정책대학원, 2020.2,[iii, 49 p. :]

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Anthropocene▼awaste management behavior▼arecycling▼acohort▼ageneration; 인류세▼a폐기물 관리 행동▼a재활용▼a코호트▼a세대

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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/283847
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http://library.kaist.ac.kr/search/detail/view.do?bibCtrlNo=909928&flag=dissertation
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STP-Theses_Master(석사논문)
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