Researchers have for several decades examined the relationships between personality and demographic variables, pro-environmental behaviors, and level of concern toward environmental problems. In this study, personality and selected demographic variables contributing to an increase in concern toward environmental issues were examined. Subjects included 79 females and 46 males with a mean age of 22.5 years who were enrolled in undergraduate courses at the University of Central Florida. During the first session, information concerning personality and demographic variables was obtained and subjects completed Weigel and Weigel's (1978) Ecological Concern Scale (ECS). During the second session, experimental group subjects viewed a video tape addressing environmental issues, while the control group viewed a video tape examining health issues. Subjects were then retested using the ECS. The ANCOVA demonstrated that experimental group subjects exhibited a significant increase in environmental concern compared to the control group (F) (1, 112) = 8.40, p< .005). However, personality and demographic variables were not significantly associated with increase in concern for experimental group subjects.
Jensen, Bernard J.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Davis, John Mark, "Personality variables mediating change in concern toward environmental issues" (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 3970.
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