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Master Thesis

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To investigate differences in environmental awareness among urban and rural residents of the Republic of Guyana, 1062 randomly selected field questionnaires were examined. Field assistants interviewed residents of urban, and rural areas, in three counties of Guyana (Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice) with the purpose of discovering major environmental concerns, and factors affecting a person's concern for the environment. The interrelationships underlying the categorical data on environmental concern were analysed using both graphical and statistical techniques, this technique being log-linear analysis. Results revealed that there are differences between rural and urban residents in environmental concern, and that education plays a part in a person's concerns for the environment. By creating and analysing four- and five-dimensional multi-way frequency tables with log-linear analysis, it was found that residents of both rural and urban areas, and all educational attainment levels are concerned about the environment, but these concern levels differ. The best model found with log-linear analysis reveals relationships between educational attainment and environmental concern and location and environmental concern. This analysis revealed that those respondents with 15 or more years of education were more concerned about the environment than respondents with lower levels of education. It was also revealed that those who live in urban areas are more concerned about the environment. An analysis of the relationships between male and females also results in differences for concern about the environment. It seems that women, at higher levels of education, are more concerned about the environment and that men in urban areas are slightly more concerned than women. However, the differences between the genders were very small and insignificant.Dept. of Geography. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .R66. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0097. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.