Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

8-2020

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Sociology

Degree Program

Sociology, MA

Committee Chair

Austin, Mark

Committee Member

Carini, Robert

Committee Member

Heberle, Lauren

Author's Keywords

authoritarianism; right-wing authoritarianism; environmental beliefs; environmental behaviors

Abstract

Climate change is an urgent situation that may be alleviated by a dramatic transformation in individual’s lifestyles. Right-wing authoritarianism relates to a wide variety of beliefs and behaviors, yet little is known about its relationship with environmental beliefs and behaviors. An online survey utilizing the 18-item ACT scale, the revised NEP scale, the PEB scale, and background questions as conducted; 60 college students enrolled in introductory sociology courses responded. Multiple regression and backwards stepwise statistical methods were employed on the survey data to investigate the relationship between right-wing authoritarianism and pro-environmental beliefs and the relationship between right-wing authoritarianism and pro-environmental behaviors. Results indicate that right-wing authoritarianism and traditionalism are significantly negatively related to pro-environmental beliefs, and right-wing authoritarianism, authoritarianism, conservatism, and traditionalism are all significantly negatively related to pro-environmental behaviors. These findings will inform the researcher’s hypotheses in a replicated study utilizing a larger sample size.

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