Car attitudes in children from different socio-economic backgrounds in the Netherland

Helen Kopnina*, Melanie Williams

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Abstract

This research explores the attitudes of children from different socio-economic backgrounds towards cars. This paper explores their projected choices and motivations in the context of (1) post-materialist values; (2) economic constraints; and (3) social status theories; and draws upon survey research among 140 upper elementary school children in the Netherlands between September 2010 and January 2011. Comparative analysis shows that there are significant differences in attitudes of children from different socio-economic backgrounds. Pupils from the affluent predominantly ethnically Dutch schools showed greater awareness of and concern about their parents' and general use of cars, and less desire to own a car in the future, children from less economically advantaged schools demonstrated lower environmental awareness and concern and more desire to own a car in the future. This study is based on a small sample and indicates a need for large-scale follow-up study of children's attitudes towards cars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-125
Number of pages8
JournalTransport Policy
Volume24
Early online date10 Sep 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

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