Environmental attitudes and behaviour of secondary school students in Hong Kong

Kara Chan*

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A postal survey of 992 secondary students in Hong Kong using the Weigel and Weigel environmental concern scale was conducted to investigate their environmental attitudes which were reflected in a readiness to engage in various pro-environmental behaviours including paper recycling at school and at home and the use of less tissues and plastic bags. The results indicated that students' expressed great concern about the environment and exhibited a strong willingness to participate in pro-environmental behaviour. However, students' overoptimism towards technological development and the perceived importance of the benefits of modern consumer goods were two major factors that contradicted their concern for environment. The Pearson correlation coefficient between environmental concern and comprehensive behavioural intention was strong and positive (0.52). Television and school were cited as major sources of environmental information. Mass media were more important than personal media in the dissemination of environmental information. Female students, older students and students living in private housing held more positive environmental attitudes and were more willing to engage in pro- environmental behaviour. Factor analysis indicated that the environmental concern scale was composed of two factors, personal sacrifice and optimism/issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-306
Number of pages10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Mass Medium
  • Female Student
  • Environmental Concern
  • Behavioural Intention
  • Environmental Information


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