Exploring Students’ Concern about Water Problems in Five Arab States: A Study on College Students. Asian Journal of Social Sciences, 2011. Quarter I, 2, 2,1: 1-24. ISSN: 2229-5313.

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Exploring Students’ Concern about Water Problems in Five Arab States: A Study on College Students. Asian Journal of Social Sciences, 2011. Quarter I, 2, 2,1: 1-24. ISSN: 2229-5313.

The present study has three aims; first, to explore students’ concern about water problems (SCAWP) in Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait.

Place: SECoPA Conference Charleston, SC, USA

Date: September 30 October 4, 2015

Sponsored by: This research has been funded by a generous research grant from the Advanced Research Program at United Arab Emirates University #31H086 - UPAR(2)2014

Introduction #section1

The present study has three aims; first, to explore students’ concern about water problems (SCAWP) in Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait. Second, to examine factors that influence students’ concern, and third, to test two major arguments in the literature which claim that people in developing countries have poor environmental concern, and universities are increasingly playing important roles in influencing students’ environmental concern (Duroy, 2008; Karol, 2006). A random sample of 5000 students is surveyed and t-test and multiple regression are used. Results reveal that college students in the five developing countries are concerned about water problems. In addition, ten factors are statistically significant to predict SCAWP namely, having a major or a minor in public affairs, class discussion, having previous engagements in environmental activities, professors, having concern about environmental problems other than water, level at college, completing courses related to environment, gender, having a major or a minor in natural sciences, and knowledge about water problems in general. These findings and their implications for researchers and practitioners are discussed.

Keywords- Environment- Water- Arab States- Concern- University- Students Exploring Students’ Concern about Water Problems in Five Arab States: A Study on College Students.

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