Sex Roles

, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp 463–472

Sex differences in environmental concern and knowledge: The case of acid rain


  • Thomas A. Arcury
    • University of Kentucky
  • Susan J. Scollay
    • University of Kentucky
  • Timothy P. Johnson
    • University of Kentucky

DOI: 10.1007/BF00292481

Cite this article as:
Arcury, T.A., Scollay, S.J. & Johnson, T.P. Sex Roles (1987) 16: 463. doi:10.1007/BF00292481


Several theories have been presented that predict differences between women and men in attitudes toward the environment due to differences in sex roles. Research on which these theories can be tested has tended to examine general environmental concern, and the results have generally been weak and inconclusive. Using an approach suggested in the literature, this study examines sex differences in concern and knowledge, using multi-item scales for each, about one environmental issue — acid rain. The results contradict the theories being tested, however: if there is a sex difference, men are found to be more concerned and knowledgeable about the environmental problem.

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