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

Cynthia Leung1, Jenni Rice1
1Victoria University, Australia
Cite this article:  Leung, C., & Rice, J. (2002). Comparison of Chinese-Australian and Anglo-Australian environment attitudes and behavior. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 30, 251-262.

Volume 30 Issue 3 | e1168 | Published: May 2002 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2002.30.3.251

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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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