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Climate anxiety, wellbeing and pro-environmental action: Correlates of negative emotional responses to climate change in 32 countries

Ogunbode, Charles; Doran, Rouven; Hanss, Daniel; Ojala, Maria; Salmela-Aro, Katariina; van den Broek, Karlijn L.; Bhullar, Navjot; Aquino, Sibele D.; Marot, Tiago; Schermer, Julie Aitken; Wlodarczyk, Anna; Lu, Su; Jiang, Feng; Maran, Daniela Acquadro; Yadav, Radha; Ardi, Rahkman; Chegeni, Razieh; Ghanbarian, Elahe; Zand, Somayeh; Najafi, Reza; Park, Joonha; Tsubakita, Takashi; Tan, Chee-Seng; Chukwuorji, JohnBosco Chika; Ojewumi, Kehinde; Tahir, Hajra; Albzour, Mai; Reyes, Marc Eric S.; Lins, Samuel; Enea, Violeta; Volkodav, Tatiana; Sollar, Tomas; Navarro-Carrillo, Ginés; Torres-Marín, Jorge; Mbungu, Winfred; Ayanian, Arin H.; Ghorayeb, Jihane; Onyutha, Charles; Lomas, Michael J.; Helmy, Mai; Martínez-Buelvas, Laura; Bayad, Aydin; Karasu, Mehmet

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Authors

CHARLES OGUNBODE CHARLES.OGUNBODE@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Assistant Professor in Applied Psychology

Rouven Doran

Daniel Hanss

Maria Ojala

Katariina Salmela-Aro

Karlijn L. van den Broek

Navjot Bhullar

Sibele D. Aquino

Tiago Marot

Julie Aitken Schermer

Anna Wlodarczyk

Su Lu

Feng Jiang

Daniela Acquadro Maran

Radha Yadav

Rahkman Ardi

Razieh Chegeni

Elahe Ghanbarian

Somayeh Zand

Reza Najafi

Joonha Park

Takashi Tsubakita

Chee-Seng Tan

JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji

Kehinde Ojewumi

Hajra Tahir

Mai Albzour

Marc Eric S. Reyes

Samuel Lins

Violeta Enea

Tatiana Volkodav

Tomas Sollar

Ginés Navarro-Carrillo

Jorge Torres-Marín

Winfred Mbungu

Arin H. Ayanian

Jihane Ghorayeb

Charles Onyutha

Michael J. Lomas

Mai Helmy

Laura Martínez-Buelvas

Aydin Bayad

Mehmet Karasu



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Abstract

This study explored the correlates of climate anxiety in a diverse range of national contexts. We analysed cross-sectional data gathered in 32 countries (N = 12,246). Our results show that climate anxiety is positively related to rate of exposure to information about climate change impacts, the amount of attention people pay to climate change information, and perceived descriptive norms about emotional responding to climate change. Climate anxiety was also positively linked to pro-environmental behaviours and inversely related to mental wellbeing. Notably, climate anxiety had a significant inverse association with mental wellbeing in 31 out of 32 countries, and with pro-environmental behaviour in 24 countries, it only predicted environmental activism in 12 countries. Our findings highlight contextual boundaries to engagement in environmental action as an antidote to climate anxiety, and the broad international significance of negative climate-related emotions as a plausible threat to wellbeing.

Citation

Ogunbode, C., Doran, R., Hanss, D., Ojala, M., Salmela-Aro, K., van den Broek, K. L., …Karasu, M. (2022). Climate anxiety, wellbeing and pro-environmental action: Correlates of negative emotional responses to climate change in 32 countries. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 84, Article 101887. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2022.101887

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 6, 2022
Publication Date Dec 1, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 13, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 13, 2022
Journal Journal of Environmental Psychology
Print ISSN 0272-4944
Electronic ISSN 1522-9610
Publisher Elsevier BV
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 84
Article Number 101887
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2022.101887
Keywords Applied Psychology; Social Psychology
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/12326263
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494422001323?via%3Dihub

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