Tolerance of Frogs among High School Students: Influences of Disgust and Culture
Pavol Prokop 1 * , William Medina-Jerez 2, Joy Coleman 3, Jana Fančovičová 1, Murat Ozel 4, Peter Fedor 5
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1 Trnava University, SLOVAKIA2 University of Texas at El Paso, USA3 University of KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA4 Nigde University, TURKEY5 Comenius University, SLOVAKIA* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Background:
Amphibians play an important role in the functioning of ecosystems and some of them inhabit human gardens where they can successfully reproduce. The decline of amphibian diversity worldwide suggests that people may play a crucial role in their survival.

Material and methods:
We conducted a cross-cultural study on high school students’ tolerance of frogs in Chile, Slovakia, South Africa and Turkey (n = 655 high school students).

Results:
We found that about 6 % of students reported active killing of frogs and 30 % reported moving frogs away from their home gardens. Pathogen disgust negatively correlated with frog tolerance suggesting that people who are more sensitive to pathogen conoting cues are less tolerant toward frogs. Tolerance of frogs in parents or other family members appears to significantly influence student tolerance of frogs. Females tended to show higher tolerance of frogs than males.

Conclusions:
This study highlights the importance of the emotion of disgust in human willingness to protect frogs from a cross-cultural perspective.

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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2016, Volume 12, Issue 6, 1499-1505

https://doi.org/10.12973/eurasia.2016.1241a

Publication date: 21 Mar 2016

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