Impact of climate change information of university students in Turkey on responsibility and environmental behavior through awareness and perceived risk

YILMAZ V., Guleç P., Ari E.


  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10668-022-02319-1
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, PASCAL, ABI/INFORM, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, CAB Abstracts, Geobase, Greenfile, Index Islamicus, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Global climate and global warming (GWCC), Information, Knowledge, Awareness, Risk perception, Environmental behavior, PERCEPTION, KNOWLEDGE, EFFICACY, BELIEFS, MODELS
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, the effects of university students' information scores on global warming and climate change (GWCC) on their sense of responsibility and environmental behavior through awareness and risk were investigated. For this purpose, first, a research model was proposed to describe the relationships between the factors, and then, the proposed model was tested with the help of Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM). In the study, the research model and hypotheses were designed with the assumption that information score on GWCC affects the knowledge and awareness, these effects increase the risk perception of GWCC, and as a result, the sense of responsibility and environmental behaviors are affected. It was seen that the highest coefficient of cause and effect relationship was between risk and awareness variables. It has been determined that a one-unit increase in awareness leads to a 0.638-unit increase in perceived risk. It has also been founded that a one-unit increase in the sense of responsibility for preventing GWCC will reflect on environmental behaviors and increase it by 0.557 units.