ERIC Number: ED222438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Sex Differences in Attitudes Toward New Energy Resource Developments.
Stout-Wiegand, Nancy; Trent, Roger B.
A survey to examine male and female attitudes toward locally proposed energy developments (e.g., coal production, refineries) in an Appalachian community is reported. Four hundred and eighty-five residents were questioned on whether they favor the proposed developments; whether they were currently employed in an energy-related occupation; and whether they had a preference for either environmental protection or for energy adequacy. The two factors found to influence attitudes toward industrial development were environmental orientation and occupation in an energy-related job. However, these two variables influence men and women differently. Women environmentalists indicate greater opposition to development; being an environmentalist does not presuppose opposition among men. Also, while men in energy-related jobs support future development, the majority of environmentally oriented women in energy occupations oppose such development. Women view industrial development in terms of environmental or quality of life consequences while men give more weight to economic factors. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (San Francisco, CA, September, 1982).