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Are There Similar Sources of Environmental Concern? Comparing Industrialized Countries


  • *Direct correspondence to Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, Utah State University, 0730 Old Main, Logan, UT 84322-0730 〈〉. Upon request, data and coding information will be provided to individuals wishing to replicate the study. I thank Kazimierz Slomczynski, Pam Paxton, Ed Crenshaw, and the anonymous reviewers for constructive comments on this research.


Objectives. Despite the emergence of environmental concern worldwide, the social forces underlying its expression are not well understood. This research extends previous cross-national studies by employing multi-item indicators of environmental concern in order to more accurately portray concern for the environment as a multifaceted concept and to determine whether the sources of environmental concern are similar among industrialized countries.

Methods. Survey data from the ISSP 2000 Environment data set are analyzed for 19 countries.

Results. The findings are threefold. First, there are some remarkably consistent influences on both measures of concern for the environment. Second, some differences remain, which are linked with measuring environmental concern. Third, these results suggest that models explaining environmental concerns appear to operate similarly in this sample of industrialized countries.

Conclusions. This investigation provides a baseline for future research to introduce additional cases and correlates to empirically test explanations regarding environmental concern's global reach.