Comparison of Chinese-Australian and Anglo-Australian environmental attitudes and behavior

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Leung, Cynthia and Rice, Jenni (2002) Comparison of Chinese-Australian and Anglo-Australian environmental attitudes and behavior. Social Behavior and Personality: an International Journal, 30 (3). pp. 251-262. ISSN 0301-2212


This study examined the environmental behavior and attitudes of Chinese-Australians, in comparison with Anglo-Australians, using a survey methodology. Two hundred and three Anglo-Australians and 98 Chinese-Australians participated. The results indicated that Chinese-Australians and Anglo-Australians differed in their environmental concern and their endorsement of New Environmental Paradigm (NEP) values. The results also suggested that, overall, environmental behavior was related to environmental concern, which was in turn related to NEP values. Among the Chinese-Australians, length of residence in Australia was positively related to environmental behavior but negatively related to environmental concern. Chinese-Australians who identified themselves as Asians or Chinese were less likely to engage in environmental behavior, compared with those who did not identify themselves with any ethnic group. Results are interpreted from within an acculturation framework.

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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > RFCD Classification > 420000 Language and Culture
Keywords Chinese-Australian, Anglo-Australian, attitude, environmental, behavior, society
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