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Coping with climate change related emotions among adolescents: Associations with communication patterns and environmental engagement
Department of Education, Uppsala University, Sweden. (Psykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6613-5974
2013 (English)In: Transformation in a Changing Climate: International Conference in Oslo 19 - 21 June 2013 : Proceedings, Oslo, Norway: University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography , 2013, 322-322 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Climate change is one of the most severe threats that humanity is facing today. In order to get people involved in the societal transfor-mation process that is needed to combat this problem many em-phasize the importance of people becoming involved not only at a cognitive level, but also at an emotional level. Research has also shown that many young people experience different negative emo-tions in relation to climate change, and that worry is especially com-mon. Few studies have, however, explored how people cope with these emotions at an individual level and in a social context. This is unfortunate since coping strate-gies could be even more important than the emotions themselves in influencing engagement concern-ing the climate problem. The aim of this questionnaire study was, therefore, to investigate how a group of Swedish late adolescents cope with climate change, and how these coping strategies are related to communication patterns with parents and friends about negative emotions in relation to societal problems, environmental efficacy and pro-environmental behavior. Preliminary statistical analyses show: three reliable cop-ing strategies, two broad main communication patterns and significant relations between the different variables included in the study. The results are discussed in relation to theories about the importance of specific forms of communication for constructive emotion regulation and pro-so-cial engagement. The results of the study are valuable for all who want to communicate with young people about global environmental problems in order to evoke feel-ings of action competence and hope instead of helplessness and hopelessness.

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Oslo, Norway: University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography , 2013. 322-322 p.
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Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53569ISBN: 978-82-570-2001-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53569DiVA: diva2:1047942
Conference
Transformation in a Changing Climate Conference, Oslo, Norway, June 19-21, 2013
Projects
Young people´s communication with parents, friends, and teachers about global environmental problems: Emotions, coping, and self-efficacy.Preconditions of environmental moral learning within education for sustainable development: A multidisciplinary study of young Swedes attitudes, commitments and actionsPreconditions of environmental moral learning within education for sustainable development: A multidisciplinary study of young Swedes attitudes, commitments and actions
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2010-1152Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-11-19 Created: 2016-11-19 Last updated: 2016-11-22Bibliographically approved

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