How national culture and parental style affect the process of adolescents’ ecological resocialization

GENTINA, Elodie and SINGH, Pallavi (2015). How national culture and parental style affect the process of adolescents’ ecological resocialization. Sustainability, 7 (6), 7581-7603.

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The role of adolescents as influencers on their families’ environmental behavior is potentially a catalyst for change towards increasing eco-friendly actions. In this paper, the authors report on a cross-cultural study of ecological resocialization in France and India. Using in-depth dyadic interviews, they investigated parental styles, cultural attributes and extent of adolescents’ influence over parental eco-behavior. The study reveals that ecological resocialization across countries differs substantially, according to a combination of national cultural values, parental style and influence strategy. French teens exhibit a greater impact than Indian teens on their parents’ eco-behavior and use bilateral influence strategies. In India, not all mothers engage in ecological resocialization, but those who do are susceptible to unilateral strategies. The role of environmental knowledge, and the context and effectiveness of each kind of strategy is discussed. The findings have implications for how public policy officials and agencies can encourage adolescents as key resocialization agents to influence their parents’ pro-environmental consumption by using the most adapted influence strategy across cultures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecological resocialization process; parental styles; influence strategies; cross-national; adolescent consumers
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Marketing and Strategy
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Management
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Depositing User: Pallavi Singh
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 15:51
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2018 21:09

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