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Attitudes toward Natural Environment: A Study of Local Community Dwellers

Ewa Rokicka and Jerzyna Słomczyńska
International Journal of Sociology
Vol. 32, No. 3, A Society in Reconstruction: Psychosocial Aspects of Radical Systemic Change in Poland (Fall, 2002), pp. 78-90
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20628659
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Abstract

This article examines environment-friendly, or pro-ecological, attitudes: their structure, intensity, and determinants. The study is based on a survey of adult men and women, living in rural communities and small towns in Poland (N = 1,388). Results suggest that attaining a high level of ecological knowledge produces much better pro-environmental behavior than does the expressing of emotionally charged pro-ecological declarations. In addition, this study demonstrates that the most important factor shaping pro-environmental attitudes is having ecologically oriented friends. Other important factors are high level of a citizen's involvement in local political activities, having college education, and being positively oriented toward one's own local community.

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