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Young people’s coping strategies concerning climate change: Relations to perceived communication with parents and friends and pro-environmental behavior
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Psykologi, Youth & Society, CDR)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6613-5974
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Environment and Behavior, ISSN 0013-9165, E-ISSN 1552-390X, Vol. 51, no 8, p. 907-935Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Taking its departure in the transactional theory of coping and socialization theories this questionnaire study investigates how coping with climate change among late adolescents (N=705) relates to pro-environmental behavior and communication with significant others about societal problems. De-emphasizing the problem was negatively associated with pro-environmental behavior, while problem-focused and meaning-focused coping were positively associated with pro-environmental behavior. Two communication patterns with fathers, mothers, and friends were identified: One solution oriented and supportive and one dismissive and doom-and-gloom oriented. The positive patterns correlated positively with problem-focused and meaning-focused coping, whereas the negative patterns correlated positively with de-emphasizing. Communication with fathers was particularly important in explaining de-emphasizing and problem-focused coping. A SEM-analysis showed that coping mediates the effects of communication patterns on behavior, while problem-focused coping mediates the other coping strategies’ influence on behavior. The study demonstrates the importance of considering coping as a factor in the socialization of pro-environmental behavior.

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Sage Publications, 2019. Vol. 51, no 8, p. 907-935
Keywords [en]
climate change, proenvironmental behavior, coping, socialization, communication, youth
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65023DOI: 10.1177/0013916518763894ISI: 000483603600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044378191OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-65023DiVA, id: diva2:1183191
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2010-1152Swedish Research Council, 2010-5687Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2019-11-08Bibliographically approved

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