Comparison of elicitation methods for moral and affective beliefs in the theory of planned behaviour

Moira Dean, R. Shepherd, A. Arvola, M. Vassallo, L. Lahteenmaki, M.M. Raats, A. Saba

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Abstract

Although the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) has been applied successfully in the area of food choice, it has been criticized for its pure utilitarian approach to the factors determining behaviour. Despite the increase in predictive power of the model with added components such as affective attitude and moral and ethical concerns, in most studies the elicitation process still only addresses people's utilitarian beliefs about the behaviour with little attention paid to other aspects. This study compares the traditional method of elicitation of advantages and disadvantages with two other methods (word association and open-ended) in the elicitations of beliefs, attitudes and moral concerns in relation to the consumption of organic foods. Results show the traditional method to be best for eliciting cognitive beliefs, open-ended emotion task for eliciting emotional beliefs and open-ended beliefs task best for moral concerns. The advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-252
Number of pages9
JournalAppetite
Volume47 (2)
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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