Gendered perspectives about water risks and policy strategies: A tripartite conceptual approach

Kelli Larson, Dorothy C. Ibes, Dave White

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Previous research has examined gendered perspectives on a variety of environmental risks. Mixed results complicate the ability to make generalizations about human-ecological judgments, largely because of the use of inconsistent conceptual and methodological approaches in previous work. Following the tripartite model, we examine differences between men and women for diverse attitudinal judgments about water scarcity and resource governance in the desert metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona. Although women exhibit significantly stronger affective concern about water scarcity risks than men, cognitive perceptions about the causes of risks and conative attitudes about management strategies are largely the same across genders. As a whole, this article clarifies gender differences in environmental perspectives and posits a clear conceptual approach in examining multidimensional judgments in diverse contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-438
Number of pages24
JournalEnvironment and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011


  • attitude theory
  • gender
  • risk perceptions
  • water resource governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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