How does environmental interpretation affect psychological well-being? A study conducted in the context of covid-19

Hoang Viet Nguyen, Wilson Dang, Hoang Nguyen, Thi Nguyen Hong Nguyen, Thi My Nguyet Nguyen, Tuan Duong Vu, Ninh Nguyen

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    Abstract

    The COVID-19 crisis has challenged and generated severe impact on the global society, economy, and environment. Under this pandemic context, governments and organizations around the world have issued and strengthened environmental policies and regulations to protect the environment and human health. However, the extant knowledge about how people’s interpretation of environmental policies and regulations influence their psychological well-being in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is still limited. This study, therefore, investigates the impact of environmental interpretation on psychological well-being with the mediating role of environmentally responsible behavior and the moderating role of psychological contract violation. Using the data from a large sample of 960 residents in China, results of structural equation modeling show a positive relationship between environmental interpretation and psychological well-being, and this relationship is mediated by environmentally responsible behavior. Notably, psychological contract violation has a moderating effect on the indirect effect of environmental interpretation on psychological well-being via environmentally responsible behavior. These findings have several important implications for policymakers in environmental sustainability and pandemic planning.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number8522
    Pages (from-to)1-15
    Number of pages15
    JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
    Volume13
    Issue number15
    Early online dateJul 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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