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NCJ Number: NCJ 242350     Find in a Library
Title: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predicting Online Safety Behaviour
Author(s): Sarah Burns ; Lynne Roberts
  Journal: Crime Prevention and Community Safety  Volume:15  Issue:1  Dated:February 2013  Pages:48 to 64
Date Published: 02/2013
Page Count: 17
  Annotation: This study examined the utility of the Theory of Planned Behavior in predicting online protective behaviors.
Abstract: A widely promoted preventative measure against becoming a victim of cybercrime is the control of personal information online; however, little is known about what predicts the use of this type of protective safety behavior. This study examines the utility of the Theory of Planned Behavior in predicting online protective behaviors. Participants (n = 150) completed measures of online privacy attitudes, normative influence, perceived behavioral control (PBC), intention to use and actual use of online protective behaviors. Path analysis indicated the effects of online privacy attitudes and normative beliefs on online protective safety behaviors were mediate through intention, while PBC had a significant direct effect on online protective safety behaviors. The model explained 81 percent of the variance in protective online safety behaviors. The results of this study facilitate understanding of the psychological processes underlying the use of online protective behaviors, and can be used in the development of educational materials and cyber-identity theft prevention strategies. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures ; Computer related crime ; Behavior patterns ; Personal Security/Self Protection ; Identity Theft
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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