Audra Balundė

Audra Balundė
Mykolas Romeris University · Institute of Psychology

Junior Research Fellow, PhD candidate in Psychology

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Introduction
I'm a researcher at the Environmental Psychology Research Center, Mykolas Romeris University (MRU). I also pursue a double PhD at the University of Groningen and MRU. My research interests include environmental behavior and its antecedents, environmental citizenship and behavior change interventions. Currently, I am finalizing my PhD project and working on several other research projects that focus on adolescents' environmental actions and adoption of sustainable technology.

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Access to clean drinking water is necessary for the health of a society, but how society perceives the sources of drinking water might lead to behaviors that are either favorable or unfavorable for environmental sustainability. Perceptions of water quality change still if one is faced with the potential risk of drinking contaminated water after an...
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Connectedness to nature leads to positive outcomes for nature and society. These outcomes include nature conservation, environmentally friendly behaviors, happiness, improved cognitive performance and well-being. Given these benefits of being connected to nature it is important to understand what leads to it. Studies suggest that people differ in t...
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The “greening” of individual behaviors is an important component of mitigating climate change and other human-caused environmental problems (Dietz et al., 2009). Adolescents are an important target group for promoting pro-environmental behaviors as they are at the life stage of forming their systems of beliefs, morals, and values. The important ind...
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The current study focuses on the dynamics of adolescents’ risk perceptions regarding drinking water consumption before and after ecological disaster, i.e., the tire fire. The tire fire accident caused the air, groundwater, and soil pollution which negatively affected the quality of the drinking water. We hypothesized that the affected group would r...
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Studies in adult samples suggest that biospheric values, environmental self-identity and personal norms are important antecedents of various pro-environmental behaviors. Recently few studies have tested these relationships in children and adolescent samples. Yet these findings have been derived from cross-sectional studies, thus there is a question...
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In this systematic review we explore the forces that encourage or hinder the adoption of wastewater treatment and/or management technology. Our literature search uncovered 37 sources that discuss these issues. Retrieved sources were then subjected to qualitative synthesis. We adopted a systems-theory perspective in analyzing the qualitative data an...
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The aim of the current study was to assess the components of the intervention program “Aquatic”, targeted at the reduction of bottled water use in adolescence. The Comprehensive Action Determination Model was chosen as a theory of change for the development and evaluation of pro-environmental behavior intervention. We examined the impact of five ex...
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We compared the extent to which a potentially groundwater-contaminating ecological disaster affected adolescents' bottled water consumption and perceived risk to use tap water. The affected group consists of 221 adolescents (56.6% were girls, Mage = 15.44, SDage = 0.60), while the control group consisted of 156 adolescents (56.4% were girls, Mage =...
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The aim of the current study was to assess the components of the intervention program "Aquatic", targeted at the reduction of bottled water use in adolescence. The Comprehensive Action Determination Model was chosen as a theory of change for the development and evaluation of pro-environmental behavior intervention. We examined the impact of five ex...
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Policy awareness increases the likelihood of policy-congruent behavior. Yet individuals may differ in the extent to which they notice certain policies; thus, psychological factors that explain behavior can have a differing effect on policy-congruent behavior of individuals. We investigated to what extent the relationship between normative, habitual...
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We explored to what extent two theoretical approaches – general (i.e., the Value-Identity-Personal norm model), and behavior-specific (i.e., the Comprehensive Action Determination Model) can explain different waste prevention behaviors. In Study 1 we investigated bottled water consumption, while in Study 2 we investigated bag reuse when shopping, g...
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Adolescents today face the negative outcomes of climate change, and their pro-environmental behavior is crucial to mitigate these negative outcomes. Yet, we know little about what influences adolescents’ pro-environmental behavior. Research shows that people’s biospheric values and environmental self-identity, elicit personal norms to act environme...
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In this chapter, we will consider the relationships between values, beliefs and Environmental Citizenship. The role of personal values, value orientations and environmental beliefs in explaining pro-environmental actions and behaviour is widely explored. It is already acknowledged that self-enhancement (egoistic and hedonistic) values are less pred...
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The use of single-use plastic shopping bags significantly contributes to the ecological crises,particularly, to the pollution of the natural resources. In the European Union alone approximately 100 billion plastic bags are consumed every year, therefore one of the priorities of European Union and its member countries is to encourage people to use a...
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The study tackles the problem of unsustainable consumption that reflects a specific aspect of environmental citizenship. We argue, that in order to achieve effectiveness in policies aimed at lowering adolescents’ consumption rates, it is worthwhile to address key psychological factors that have been established to be related to various environmenta...
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The aim of this report was to uncover the current situation of Environmental Citizenship education in Lithuania. Qualitative data was gathered from six experts working on diverse areas of Environmental Citizenship education in the country. Data were gathered from educators (working in primary and secondary levels of education), decision-makers from...
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In this presentation we will discuss highly relevant issue, which yet is very new in the discourse of combating violence against women. Due to structural inequality woman are already more vulnerable to adverse climate change effects. Emerging evidence suggests that climate change-related extreme weather events (e.g. rise of temperatures, floods, dr...
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Given the need for global action on climate change, it is crucial to comprehend which factors motivate people in different countries to act more pro-environmentally. Lithuania is a post-socialist country that has recently increased commitment to foster pro-environmental behavior of individuals, by implementing interventions that target mainly the p...
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Introduction. Research has shown that people’s biospheric values, environmental self- identity, and personal norms influence their pro-environmental behaviour. While this has been found for adults, the question is whether such general environmental considerations influence pro-environmental behaviour among adolescents too. Considering that adolesce...
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Introduction. Different individuals find motivation from different sources and thus even the same group of pro-environmental behaviors can be performed for different reasons. Different pro-environmental behaviors are rarely alike; thus, it becomes relevant to understand whether different individuals engage in different types of pro-environmental be...
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European Union member states are already equipped with policies and strategies that can be followed to tailor local policies that aim to reduce bottled water use (i.e., EU, 2018, No.52018DC0028). However, little is known how adolescents’ self-reported awareness of policy is related to their bottled water use in the context of the Comprehensive Acti...
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A meta-analysis was carried out to investigate the relationship between connectedness with nature, environmental identity, and environmental self-identity. Through meta-analyzing these relationships, we are able to assess the true estimate of their magnitude. The results revealed a strong correlation between measures of connectedness with nature an...
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Scientific knowledge indicates a clear gap in identifying the mechanisms through which environmental citizenship may be fostered during the adolescent years. To date, most of the studies have been conducted in adult samples, using experimental or cross -sectional design. Empirical findings from adult samples suggest that environmental citizenship c...
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Given the necessity for actions in reducing the impact of climate change consequences on human and non-human life and environmental quality, it is clear that immediate engagement in complex and multi-context pro-environmental actions is inevitable. Adolescents are the near-future decision makers in reducing climate change related outcomes. Therefor...
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Adolescents are the future actors that would mostly be affected and left to handle the consequences of ongoing climate-change-related issues. Evidence from studies with adult samples already show that moral factors such as biospheric values, environmental self-identity and personal norms leads to various types of pro-environmental actions (van der...
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The need for human behavioral modification toward more pro-environmental behaviors is well recognized (Robertson & Barling, 2013). One viable way is to promote prosocial behavior in adolescence. Additionally, prosocial behaviors are beneficial not only for the broader environment but for adolescent’s adjustment (Eisenberg et al., 2015) and successf...
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Researchers have been spending considerable effort over the last couple of decades on developing the constructs of human-nature relations, as well as the instruments that measure them. The result of this effort is a plethora of separate psychological constructs, such as connection with nature, nature connectedness, environmental identity, environme...
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Understanding what makes adolescents’ engage in environmentally-friendly actions plays a crucial role in effective damage reduction that has been done to the natural environment by the earlier generations. It is already acknowledged that environmental considerations (van der Werff et al., 2013a,b) as well as openness to experience (Markowitz et al....
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Considering the necessity for immediate actions in addressing climate change it is important first to unravel the key drivers of human pro-environmental behavior. Recent studies show that personal factors such as strong biospheric values and environmental self-identity induce a wide range of environmentally-friendly actions. In addition to this, an...
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Many of today’s environmental problems are caused by human activity. Therefore, it is important to disclose the antecedents of unsustainable behaviour. Importantly, to create effective policies to promote pro-environmental behaviour across countries, a specific focus should be directed to explaining to what extent those antecedents differ cross-cul...
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Introduction: A growing number of studies confirm the importance of connection with nature and environmental identity in encouraging the pro-environmental behavior. Promoting the development of emotional links and identification with natural environment, may, in turn, lead to positive psychological outcomes such as increased well-being. Moreover, i...
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Įvadas. Ryšys su gamta ir aplinkos tapatumas yra svarbūs veiksniai formuojant teigiamas nuostatas į mus supančią aplinką bei skatinant aplinką tausojantį elgesį (Hinds & Sparks, 2008; van der Werff & Steg, 2016). Operacionalizuojant minėtus konstruktus galima orientuotis į jų skirtingus aspektus (pvz.: emocinius, kognityvinius, fizinius ir pan.). D...
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Įvadas. Aplinkos problemos yra vienos didžiausių su kuriomis šiandien susiduria žmonija. Mokslininkai vieningai sutaria, kad minėtos problemos yra atsiradusios dėl žmogaus veiklos ir kelia pavojų visų gyvybės rūšių gerovei. Neigiamas poveikis aplinkai galėtų būti sumažintas jei žmonės keistų savo elgesį. Dėl šios priežasties yra būtina ieškoti ne t...
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Įvadas. Į klausimą, kodėl vieni labiau tausoja aplinką o kiti – ne, dažnai galima atsakyti išsiaiškinus, kokiais vertybiniais orientyrais asmuo yra linkęs vadovautis. Pagal aplinką tausojančio elgesio skatinimo teorinius modelius (pvz.: Vertybių-įsitikinimų-normų modelį (Stern et al., 1999, Vertybių-tapatumo-asmeninių normų modelį (van der Werff &...
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Time perspectives are rarely investigated as possible antecedents of sustainable behavior. It is known that being guided by altruistic and biospheric values, as well as being future-oriented may potentially lead to more sustainable behavior. Adopting a person oriented approach we aimed to clarify whether being future-oriented promotes sustainable b...
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Most recent studies indicate that personal value system is one of the key factors promoting sustainable behavior (Steg et al., 2014). However, it remains unclear, how sustainable behavior dimensions such as conservation of social and physical environment are related to general and family values in adolescence. In accordance with value-basis theory...
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Įvairiais lygemnimis augančios aplinkos taršos apimtys kelia naujus reikalavimus šios problemos sprendimo strategijoms. Globalūs klimato pokyčiai prasideda asmeniniame lygemenyje (Pappas et al., 2015), todėl svarbu atkreipti dėmesį į individualių veiksnių reikšmę aplinkos išteklių išsaugojimo procese ir taip ieškoti empiriniais duomenimis grįstų tv...
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Work engagement is an important component of individual's well-being at work, it promotes one's advancement, performance and ability to cope with challenges. Thus, scholars have become increasingly interested what factors promote employees' work engagement. There is a variety of possible job and personal resources that might contribute to the devel...
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Globalization, innovations, digitalization, and non-standard work forms affect both organizations and employees. Seeking to optimize organizations’ financial reserves and assure employees’ performance and well-being, scholars and practitioners have become increasingly interested in fostering employees’ motivation to engage in work process. Such act...
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Straipsnyje pristatomas vaizduojamojo meno krypties studentų dispozicinės empatijos ir kūrybiškos asmenybės savybių sąsajų tyrimas. Menininkai jautriau reaguoja į aplinką, o empatija suteikia jiems galimybę geriau įsijausti ir suprasti problemą. Tyrimo rezultatai parodė, kad, didėjant emocinio empatijos aspekto – asmeninio distreso – įverčiams, maž...
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In the times of multiple environmental pressuresscholars have become increasingly interested in active performance concepts such as engagement. Engagement is defined as a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind characterized by vigor, dedication, and absorption (Schaufeli et al., 2002). Previous studies suggest that engagement is related t...
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Šio tyrimo tikslas – ištirti meninio profilio studentų kūrybiškos asmenybės savybių ir gimimo eilės ryšius. Nustatyti, ar skiriasi merginų ir vaikinų, taip pat universiteto ir kolegijos studentų kūrybiškumo įverčiai. Tyrime dalyvavo dviejų meninio profilio aukštųjų mokyklų (universiteto ir kolegijos) I–IV kurso 18–32 metų vaizduojamojo meno kryptie...
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Tyrimo tikslas - ištirti meninio profilio studentų kūrybiškumo, empatijos ir gimimo eilės sąsajas. Nustatyti meninio profilio studentų kūrybiškumo sąsajas su kognityvine ir emocine empatija, bei gimimo eile. Ištirti: ar kūrybiš- kumo ir empatijos įverčiai siejasi su lytim; ar skiriasi tarp universiteto ir kolegijos studentų. Tyrime dalyvavo 18- 32...

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Hello folks,
It would be nice to hear opinions on how to interpret large difference between CFI and TLI values. I am aware that potentially it is bad news for the model fit, but it would be nice to hear theoretical considerations on the matter. Links and references to relevant literature are very welcome. Thanks!
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Education for environmental citizenship is considered one of the most important ways of addressing issues of climate change. By educating young people to care for the environment today, we make sure that future generations will have the knowledge and motivation necessary in tackling environmental issues. Regrettably, there are no unified directions and evidence-based methods that would help achieve this goal; this lack is felt both nationally and on the EU level. Existing theoretical models of environmental citizenship lack grounding in interventional and longitudinal data. That is why in the context of this project we will conduct a longitudinal interventional study, aimed at uncovering the mechanism of how environmental citizenship is formed; we will develop and implement an evidence-based educational resource, serving as the intervention of our studies. The developed educational resource will later be made open and publicly available for free, enabling Lithuanian educators to implement it independently.
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Children's and young people's mental health and well-being has been widely acknowledged as being a key driver to positive life course trajectories and are strongly influenced by the daily contexts in which children grow and develop. Friendships play a significant role in development, especially during the challenging transition from primary school to middle school as they rely on friends for support, companionship, and guidance. Thus, friendships are an absolute necessity for healthy cognitive and social development and socialization, as participation in social networks such as friendships enhances social and emotional competences, and cognitive abilities (Ybarre et al., 2008). However, there is a limited knowledge in the literature on how adjustment in childhood and early adolescence is related on participation in successful friendships, and even more importantly, on the antecedents and consequences of friendship dissolution. Therefore, the main aim of the NAVIGATE is to identify antecedents for and consequences of friendship dissolution. The 7-wave longitudinal study will examine not only the longitudinal effects but also the cross-sectional relationships between the effects of early peer relationships and emotional and behavioral adjustment in childhood. The special emphasis will be given to the home environment and role of parents to the friendship quality and outcomes of friendship dissolution. The proposed study will make an important contribution to public health and improve the lives of many children who suffer from peer difficulties by providing parents, teachers, and professionals with a better understanding of why friendships dissolve and who is most likely to suffer ill effects from friendship loss or benefit from successful relationships.
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GOGREEN project is dedicated to cutting-edge research on the mechanisms and determinants of pro-environmental behavior and proposes an innovative interventional approach to increase the engagement in pro-environmental behavior in young people. Specifically, we aim to promote pro-environmental behavior by developing, implementing, and testing an innovative intervention program for young people based on the data from a population-based household survey. Thus, the GOGREEN project will provide empirical evidence on a topic not previously investigated in the European context: how can individuals be encouraged to engage in pro-environmental actions, how long do the effect holds, does the timing of the intervention matter, and is the spillover effect prevalent? The main activities of the project are: To perform a screening of the current situation in Lithuania regarding the pro-environmental behaviors and related factors, using the representative samples of adolescent children and their parents. This household survey will enable to collect data on the society’s understanding of human impact on climate change in Lithuania and to determine which of pro-environmental behaviors are already widespread among the population, and which behaviors should be promoted. To empirically test an integrated theoretical model of pro-environmental behavior (Klockner & Blobaum, 2010), namely Comprehensive Action Determination Model that covers the most prominent theoretical models used in environmental psychology domain, including the Theory of Planned Behavior (Ajzen, 1991), the Norm-Activation-Theory (Schwartz & Howard, 1981), and the Value-Belief-Norm-Theory (Stern, 2000). To develop and implement the intervention that will enable to increase the existing knowledge and understanding of the underlying processes of pro-environmental behavior. To disseminate the research findings, maximizing the project’s impact through informing educational practice, building public and professional knowledge and capacity, and influencing policy and further research. Key project stakeholders include the education sector, the academic and scientific community, policy makers, public services, media, local communities and decision makers as well as NGOs.