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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2017, Article ID 5650926, 8 pages
Research Article

Assessment of Environmental Attitudes and Risk Perceptions among University Students in Mersin, Turkey

1Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey
2Department of History of Medicine and Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey

Correspondence should be addressed to Gulcin Yapici; rt.moc.oohay@icipaylug

Received 14 December 2016; Revised 25 April 2017; Accepted 19 July 2017; Published 22 August 2017

Academic Editor: Sina Dobaradaran

Copyright © 2017 Gulcin Yapici et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Environmental destruction is one of the most important problems in this century. Objective. The aim of the study was to determine the environmental attitudes and perceived risks associated with environmental factors of the students. Methods. This cross-sectional study was conducted in 7 faculties of Mersin University. The research data were collected using a questionnaire. The questionnaire included sociodemographic characteristics, the “Environmental Attitudes Scale,” and the “Environmental Risk Perception Scale.” 774 students who filled out questionnaires were evaluated. Results. The sample included 55.8% females. Environmental Attitudes Scale mean scores of students were identified as . The highest perceived risk was release of radioactive materials associated with nuclear power generation. The environmental attitudes and risk perception scores were higher in Health Sciences than in the other faculties. Females were more positive towards the environment and had higher risk perceptions than the men. There is a negative correlation between age and resource depletion risk and global environmental risk score. Conclusion. Students had a positive attitude to the environment and had moderate-level risk perception about the environment. Environmental awareness of students, especially those studying in the Social Sciences, should be increased. The environmental education curriculum should be revised throughout all the courses.