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The Influence of Media Use on Environmental Engagement: A Political Socialization Approach
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools, Härnösand, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, ISSN 1752-4032, E-ISSN 1752-4040, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 92-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Current research suggests that the media play an important part in informing and engaging citizens in environmental issues. Building on these findings, this study adopts a political socialization approach to citizens' involvement in everyday-life pro-environmental behavior. Multivariate analysis of recent survey data from Swedish adolescents (N = 1148) demonstrates direct as well as indirect relationships between frequency of news media use, talk about environmental issues with parents and peers, and extent of pro-environmental behavior. The findings are consistent with the notion that news media use promotes behavior by raising awareness of environmental issues. The results are also discussed in terms of a citizen-communication framework according to which interpersonal communication translates environmental information gleaned from news sources to adolescents' everyday-life reality, thereby motivating pro-environmental behavior. Future directions for examining causal mechanisms in more detail are discussed.

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2014. Vol. 8, no 1, p. 92-109
Keywords [en]
pro-environmental behavior, political socialization, news media, media influence, adolescents
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-41110DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2013.846271ISI: 000333655100007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84894070061OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-41110DiVA, id: diva2:779608
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved

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