The Intergenerational Transmission of Environmental Concern: The Influence of Parents and Communication Patterns Within the Family

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TitleThe Intergenerational Transmission of Environmental Concern: The Influence of Parents and Communication Patterns Within the Family
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMeeusen, C
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume45
Issue2
Pagination77 - 90
Date Published2014/04/03/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordsadolescence, environmental concern, gender, intergenerational transmission, socialization
AbstractThis article reports on the intergenerational transmission of environmental concern and the explanatory power of communication patterns within the family. Using representative data from the Parent-Child Socialization Study in Belgium (PCSS, 2012), this article focuses on the relative influence of the mother and the father, and gender-specific patterns in the transmission of environmental attitudes. The results clearly confirm the transmission hypothesis: both the mother and the father have a significant influence on the environmental concern of their offspring. No gender-specific transmission mechanisms were found. In families that communicate regularly about the environment, transmission was more effective. Nevertheless, the transmission effects were only moderate, indicating that environmental concern may not be a core attitude within Belgian families.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2013.846290