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New insights into socially responsible consumers: The role of personal values
- Lee, Jaejin, Cho, Moonhee
- International journal of consumer studies 2019 v.43 no.2 pp. 123-133
- consumer behavior, elderly, environmental degradation, gender, marketing, men, recycling, socioeconomic status, surveys, women
- Given increasing interest in both socially responsible consumption behavior (SRCB) and socially responsible corporate practices in marketing, this study addressed the effects of several personal traits on SRCB (i.e., personal values, collectivism, age, and gender). Findings from an online survey revealed that consumers who valued self‐transcendence (e.g., benevolence and universalism) were more likely to engage in socially responsible consumption (e.g., recycling, avoiding, or reducing usage of products that do long‐term damage to the environment) than those who valued social status and prestige, social power, authority, and wealth. Furthermore, the findings show that older adults and women tended to engage in more SRCB than younger adults and men. Findings also indicate that age and gender were antecedents to the values of self‐transcendence and self‐enhancement.