Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 329–339 | Cite as

How parents report their environmental attitudes: a case study from Greece

  • K. Abeliotis
  • M. Goussia-Rizou
  • D. Sdrali
  • I. Vassiloudis


Our research aims to investigate the approaches that Greek parents use to raise their children’s environmental awareness. The study, conducted via closed-type questionnaires, focused on 435 parents with children attending the last grade of primary school in the greater Athens urban area. The results indicate that parents accept environmental awareness as a particularly important factor in the development of their children’s character. They also claim that their daily actions help to raise their children’s environmental awareness. On the basis of their responses on their daily actions, five groups of parents were identified using cluster analysis. The actions of the groups cover all the ranges, from being strongly consistent to being indifferent. The results also indicate that highly educated, younger, female parents claim more environmentally friendly actions.


Environmental attitudes Parents Primary school Greece Cluster analysis 



The authors would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers of the paper for their valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Abeliotis
    • 1
  • M. Goussia-Rizou
    • 1
  • D. Sdrali
    • 1
  • I. Vassiloudis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Home Economics and EcologyHarokopio UniversityAthensGreece

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