(i) To ascertain the zero order relationship between environmental awareness and predictive variables viz SES, Intelligence, Religiosity, Vicinity and Age. (ii) To study the joint contributory role of predictive variables in determining the environmental awareness. (iii) To study the relative contributory role of the predictive variables in determining the environmental awareness. (iv) To predict the environmental awareness of the adolescent girls on the basis of the predictive variables viz. SES, Intelligence, Religiosity, Vicinity and Age.
Sample of the study comprised of 810 girl students of the age groups between 13-15 and 16-18 years studying in class IX and XI in 8 Girls Intermediate Colleges of Agra district (5 from urban area and 3 from rural area) were selected through random sample technique.
Socio-Economic-Status Scale by Rajeev Lochan Bharadwaj, Mixed-Type Group Test of Intelligence by P N Mehrotra, Religiosity Scale by L. I. Bhusan and Self constructed Environment Awareness Test were used.
Ex-post facto method of research was used.
Mean, Median, S.D., Q.D., Percentiles, Skewness, Kurtosis & Zero Order Coefficient of Correlation, C.R., Multiple Correlation & Regression Equation were computed.
(i) Mean values of Environmental Awareness scores of high, middle and low SES groups were 60.71, 40.02 and 39.20 respectively and these differences were found significant at 0.01 level, (ii) Intelligence scores in the total sample showed normal distribution with slight positive skewness and slight platy kurtosis, (iii) There was a difference in the Environmental Awareness of high, average and low religiosity groups as mean values 56.39, 49.93 and 44.30 respectively were found significant at 0.01 level, (iv) The mean values of Environmental Awareness were found to be 54.26 and 45.96 for 16-18 years and 13-15 years age groups respectively. There was a significant difference among different age groups (v) The difference in Environmental Awareness of urban and rural groups was significant at 0.01 level (vi) Significant moderate & positive (r=0.637) relationship was found between Environmental Awareness & SES of adolescent girls, (vii) Intelligence & religiosity were found to be significantly and positively (r=0.612) related to Environmental Awareness (viii) Age has significant and positive (r=0.416) relationship with Environmental Awareness of adolescent girls, (ix) Coefficient of correlation between Environmental Awareness and vicinity was found to be low (r=0.184) but significant (x) The value of R=0.8177 between Environmental Awareness and SES, Intelligence, Religiosity Vicinity and Age was found to be significant at 0.01 level at df = 804, which reflects that significant multiple relationship exists between criterion variable and predictive variables, (xi) The value of R2 (Coefficient of multiple determination) 0.6687, shows that about 67% of variance in Environmental Awareness of adolescent girls is accounted for by the joint contribution of the five predictive variables, (xii) The Intelligence was found prominent in determining Environmental Awareness followed by SES, Age and Religiosity while Vicinity suppressed the Environmental Awareness (xiii) On the basis of the regression coefficients & intercept, multiple regression equation was derived for Environmental Awareness of adolescent girls.
X’1 =0.408676X2+0.424094X3+0.134506X4+6.691814X5-2.094121X6-4 .624529
Keyword(s): Environmental Awareness, Adolescent Girls, Socio- Economic Status, Intelligence, Religiosity, Vicinity , Environmental Education