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The moderating effect of threat on the relationship between population concern and environmental concern.
POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT. 1995 Nov; 17(2):123-33.Two hundred sixty-one research participants completed a questionnaire designed to measure concern for the environment and concern for population growth. The introduction to the questionnaire focused on either threat to society, personal threat, or no threat. Contrary to some previous research findings, a positive correlation between concern for the environment and concern for population growth was found. This finding is explained by the simultaneity of measurement of the two constructs, item phrasing, and the possibility that previous research findings lacked transhistorical reliability. The threat manipulation was found to moderate the relationship between concern for the environment and concern for population growth. Analyses of demographic variables showed that women expressed more environmental concern than men, and that regular church attendees expressed the least concern for population growth. (EXCERPT)