NORMA eResearch @NCI Library

Attitudes Towards Having Children in View of Climate Change

Musialczyk, Ewa (2020) Attitudes Towards Having Children in View of Climate Change. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

PDF (Bachelor of Arts)
Download (340kB) | Preview


A small yet growing body of literature links environmental concern with lower fertility intentions. A better understanding of how pro-environmental attitudes impact fertility rates might be a crucial contribution to research on the impacts and mitigation of climate change. However, the impact of factual knowledge as a cognitive pre-requisite to affective pro-environmental attitude and its impact on intentions towards childbearing remains understudied. Here, the factual knowledge of what impacts climate change and environmental concern (NEP; Dunlap, Van Liere, Mertig & Jones, 2000) are used as predictors for reproductive attitudes (RAS; Arnocky, Dupuis & Stroink, 2012). The study used a cross-sectional design and delivered an internet-based survey to 135 Irish adults. Results of hierarchical multiple regression show that when controlling for effects of age and gender, knowledge of climate change was a weak predictor (β = -.23, p < .05) that lost its significance in the final step. The final model explained 24% of variance and was significant (p < .001) with environmental concern being the sole significant predictor (β = -.38, p < .01). These results suggest that the affective component of attitude towards climate change might have a bigger impact of fertility decisions than the cognitive.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > Environment
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 10:12
Last Modified: 24 May 2021 10:12

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item