An attitude measurement approach to the analysis of decision- making concerning the man-nature policy problem.
Committee ChairKing, David A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe study was involved with the decision-making behavior of a group of professionals and interested laymen in the field of natural resources. The study measured their frame of reference concerning a basic policy problem: the man-nature interaction. Systems models were developed to represent the mannature interaction, and the respondents' decision-making. The frame of reference was represented by a culture-nature interaction continuum. An attitude continuum developed with Louis Guttman's Scalogram analysis was used to make the frame of reference continuum operational. The qualitative variable used was attitude towards human management. A questionnaire administered to the study group served as the data source. In general, the scale analysis was successful. The study group was found to be approaching a balanced and objective attitude and reference position. They needed more nature and less culture in their frame of reference. The study also related various socioeconomic factors to the respondents' scale score. In general, this analysis was not as successful. It was found that certain socioeconomic factors such as occupation, group affiliation, and media use influenced attitude behavior.
Degree ProgramWatershed Management