Does becoming a parent make you think differently about the environment?

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Gregory O. Thomas, Rose Fisher, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Taciano L. Milfont and Wouter Poortinga

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Key points: Having a child led to a reduction in the frequency of some environmental behaviours. New parents with an existing high level of
environmental concern increased their desire for a green lifestyle; however, this positive change in attitude did not translate to a change in behaviour. The findings from the research do not support the legacy hypothesis – that parents have an increased concern about the environment as they consider the environmental legacy left to their children.


Environmental Sociology, Psychology, Childbearing: Fertility, Social Behaviour and Sociology Of Households


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