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Perspectives

Publication Date

12-1-2016

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between college students’ social class and level of concern for climate change. A survey was administered to 355 students at the University of New Hampshire, in the Fall of 2015. Using this data, this paper examines social class, as measured by parental college degree status, in relation to concern for climate change. The results show no statistically significant relationship between the independent and dependent variables for the entire sample, but a statically significant relationship among female respondents who were very concerned about climate change. Specifically, of women whose parents have a college degree, 37% responded with very concerned, only 18% of women whose parents do not have a college degree responded with very concerned. Further research with more in-depth measures of social class and with larger and more representative samples is recommended.

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