A new study published in Nature Energy takes a look at the role of social cognitive theory when it comes to children influencing their parents to engage in energy-saving actions. Washington Post staffer Chelsea Harvey reports on this study which involved 30 California Girl Scout troops with one group promoting residential energy-saving behaviors and another promoting sustainable behaviors related to food and transportation.

The study aimed at study the effects of interventions on these two groups and the residential energy group saw more success:

The results suggested that interventions related to residential energy use were successful in both the Girl Scouts and their parents, and the effects were long-lasting. In their post-test surveys, Girl Scouts reported that their residential energy-saving behaviors were nearly 50 percent higher than they were to begin with — and at follow-up, their behaviors were still 27 percent higher.

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