ERIC Number: ED210144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes Toward Environmental Quality: Area, Ethnicity and SES.
Polinard, Jerry L.
The results of a study which surveyed environmental attitudes and perceptions of residents of the San Antonio, Texas SMSA are presented and discussed. Respondents (N=1088) were selected on the basis of: (1) area stratification (urban, suburban, rural), (2) ethnicity (primarily Anglo and Mexican-American), and (3) economic and educational status (SES) income. The purposes of the study were: (1) to identify and evaluate variations in environmental attitude between and among individuals within the subgroups, relationships between environmental problems and non-environmental problems as perceived by the subgroup populations, extent to which individuals within and among the subgroups were willing to "pay" for improvement in environmental quality, and media influences which have the most significant impact in shaping the environmental attitudes of respondents; and (2) to correlate these findings with existing empirical data. Findings indicate, among others, that respondents do not believe environmental problems are among the most important faced by the nation, that respondents believe television is the most accurate source of information, concern for environmental problems decreases as one moves away from the center city, and that Mexican-Americans rank environmental concerns higher than Anglos. (Author/DC)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Attitudes, Economic Factors, Environmental Education, Ethnicity, Mass Media, Mexican Americans, Rural Urban Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Surveys
National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Springfield, VA 22161 (no price quoted).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Pan American Univ., Edinburg, TX.