CAUSAL INFERENCES INVOLVING TRANSPORTATION ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOUR

Attitudes towards transportation modes have been hypothesized to be important determinants of travel behavior. In previous models which have incorporated attitudinal variables, it has been assumed that behavior is a response to attitudes. Competing assumptions are that attitudes are a response to behavior and that attitudes and behavior mutually interact. The purpose of this paper was to empirically compare the competing assumptions concerning the relationships between transportation attitudes and behavior. Data from a probability sample collected in 1973 in the Santa Monica-West Los Angeles, California, area were used. Using techniques appropriate for testing specific hypotheses of causal sequences, particularly, simultaneous equation methods, models incorporating the competing explanations of attitude-behavior interaction were developed. These models involved modal selection decisions. The results were not consistent with the hypothesis that transportation attitudes cause the behavioral response. This finding suggests that the relationships between transportation attitudes and behavior may be more complex than previously hypothesized. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
    Elmsford, NY  United States  10523
  • Authors:
    • TARDIFF, T J
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 397-404
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00174063
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ANALYTIC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM