ERIC Number: ED367537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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German and Russian Adolescents' Environmental Awareness.
Szagun, Gisela; Pavlov, Vladimir I.
German (n=610) and Russian (n=610) adolescents in 3 age groups, 12, 15, and 18 years, were given a questionnaire assessing their feelings towards environmental destruction, their readiness for pro-environmental action, and their ethical attitude toward nature. In both nationalities anxiety, sadness, and anger about environmental destruction were high, but hopelessness was rejected. German adolescents expressed more readiness for pro-environmental action and more consideration in human relations with living things than Russians. While German adolescents were willing to perform small-scale pro-environmental actions, with age they became increasingly reluctant to accept greater commitments for ecology. Females of both nationalities agreed more strongly to emotions and actions than males, particularly males aged 15 or above. Results are interpreted in terms of differences in environmental values and education in the two countries and in terms of females' higher prosocial attitudes. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Environmental Action; Environmental Awareness; Environmental Education Research; Germany; Nature; Russia
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, LA, March 25-28, 1993).