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Exploring Korean Consumers' Attitudes Toward Ethical Consumption Behavior in the Light of Affect and Cognition

Title
Exploring Korean Consumers' Attitudes Toward Ethical Consumption Behavior in the Light of Affect and Cognition
Authors
Lee H.Cheon H.
Ewha Authors
천혜정이혜미
SCOPUS Author ID
천혜정scopus
Issue Date
2018
Journal Title
Journal of International Consumer Marketing
ISSN
0896-1530JCR Link
Citation
Journal of International Consumer Marketing vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 98 - 114
Keywords
affectattitudesattitudinal basescognitionEthical consumptionKorean consumers'
Publisher
Routledge
Indexed
SCOPUS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Attitudes are known to be one of the influential factors of ethical consumption behavior. However, attitudes have not yet fully proven their utility in predicting ethical consumer behaviors. The attitude-behavior gap in the area of ethical consumption may be related to a lack of understanding in the underlying structure of attitudes, which are composed of two attitudinal properties: affect and cognition. To address these concerns, this study explored 581 Korean respondents' overall attitudes, affect, cognition, and their relationship with the corresponding behaviors on four ethical consumption issues: purchasing energy-saving products; purchasing organic foods; purchasing recycled products; and participating in boycotts through a survey analysis. In detail, we assessed which attitudinal bases of either affect or cognition were better at predicting the overall attitudes toward ethical consumption and the corresponding behaviors. The results indicated that while respondents held positive attitudes toward the four ethical consumption issues, their attitudes toward them were more based on cognition rather than affect. Furthermore, the self-reported frequencies of the corresponding behaviors were also more influenced by cognition rather than affect. This research suggested the potential to improve the consistency between attitudes and behaviors by highlighting the underlying bases of attitudes–affect and cognition. © 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
DOI
10.1080/08961530.2017.1376241
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