Determination of the Affective Tendency of Individuals toward the Environment

Hande Şahin, Sibel Erkal

Abstract


Environmental problems, especially global environmental problems such as ozone layer depletion or global warming, are among the most urgent problems. Most of these global problems originate from human activities. Affective tendencies were investigated under the title of “attitude.” A review of literature presented a limited number of studies on attitude and affective tendencies toward the environment. The aim of this study was to determine the affective tendencies of the respondents toward the environment. In the study, a questionnaire form comprising the “scale for affective tendencies toward the environment” was used as data collection tool. The sample group of the study consisted of 600 personnel employed at Hacettepe University located in Ankara, Turkey. Overall arithmetic mean for the affective tendencies of the staff toward the environment was computed as 3.74, which can be considered favorable as it is greater than the middle value (3) of the five-point Likert range. In addition, the item indicating more favorable affective tendencies toward the environment was “I think the damage to the ozone layer is an issue everyone should be concerned about” (X – = 4.31), while the respondents had less favorable affective tendency scores for the item. “The government should provide financial support for research and development related to renewable energy, even if it results in higher taxes” (X – = 2.10) in comparison to the other items. Furthermore, the affective tendencies of the respondents displayed significant differences with respect to gender, educational attainment, income level, income group, number of children, family type, occupation, environmental education, environmental NGO membership, and environmental activity participation frequency (P < 0.05). The sample consisting solely of the staff employed at Hacettepe University was the major limitation of the study.

Aus. & NewZe J. Soci Busi. Env. Sus. Vol 3(2), October 2017, P 98-109


Keywords


Environment; Affective Tendency; Environmental Problems

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