Understanding teen attitudes towards energy consumption

Toth, Nicola, Little, Linda, Read, Janet C., Fitton, Daniel and Horton, Matthew (2012) Understanding teen attitudes towards energy consumption. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 34. pp. 36-44. ISSN 0272-4944

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2012.12.001

Abstract

Previous research has tended to focus on adults or households as a whole when investigating attitudes and behaviours towards energy use. This study focussed on teenagers, 'the adults of tomorrow', and their attitudes towards energy consumption. 114 teenagers aged 10-19years took part and multiple data collection methods were used to investigate this topic including: diaries, stories and focus groups. Data was analysed using thematic analysis. Themes that emerged from the data were: energy use, impact of energy use, sources of information, location, barriers to saving energy and green teens. This paper discusses the findings in relation to future research and reflects on the methods used.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: teenagers, energy, qualitative, multiple methods
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Linda Barlow
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2012 12:14
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2016 11:05
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10921

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