An Examination of the Factors Considered by Women in Respect of Environmental Protection

By Şükran Şafak, Canan Yertutan, Sibel Erkal and Selda Coskuner.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study was designed and carried out to determine the factors considered by women regarding the protection of the environment. The study was conducted on a total of 600 women living in the vicinity of the Mamak Dr. Halil Ülgen Health Center affiliated with Mamak Health Group Directorate, Ankara, Turkey. The study was a descriptive study. Study data were collected via a questionnaire prepared by the researchers and administered in face-to-face interviews with the participants between 2-30 June, 2008. Chi-square analysis and SPSS 11.5 software were used to evaluate the obtained data.
The factor which was most frequently considered by women in the protection of the environment was found to be “the use of water” (90.2% of the study participants), followed by “the use of electricity” (78.0%). The factor which was least frequently considered was found to be “avoidance of the use of environmentally harmful sprays” (4.3%). Examination of the factor “separate storage of waste” showed that the percentage of women who stored different kinds of waste separately was much lower than that of women who did not (81.5%). “Plastic waste” placed first among waste that was stored separately, followed by “paper waste”. “Lack of a system enabling separate storage of waste” was the most important reason offered by women for not storing waste separately.

Keywords: Environment, Women and Environment, Protection of Environment

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.23-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.397MB).

Prof. Şükran Şafak

Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Prof. Canan Yertutan

Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Prof Sibel Erkal

Associate Professer, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Sibel Erkal is a Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Individual and Community Health, Housing and Health. Dr. Erkal’s research interests include Hygiene in home and institutions, home accidents, housing and health, housekeeping. She has published in a variety of social science journals, including The Turkish journal of Pediatrics, Social Behavior and Personality an International Journal, Journal of Safety Research, Sağlık ve Toplum Dergisi, Sağlık Dergisi, Hacettepe Üniversitesi Sosyolojik Araştırmalar e-dergi, Sağlık İdaresi Dergisi, Egitim ve Bilim Dergisi, Yeni Tıp Dergisi. She worked as a Visiting Associate Professor at Minnesota University (ABD), School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences on 9th August-19th December 2006.

Asst. Prof. Selda Coskuner

Research Assistant, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Selda Coşkuner is a research assistant of Family and Consumer Sciences at Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Hacettepe University. Her research interests include housekeeping, organizational commitment, housing/environment and health.

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