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Adolescents’ worries about environmental risks: subjective well-being, values, and existential dimensions.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2005 (English)In: Journal of Youth Studies, ISSN 1367-6261, E-ISSN 1469-9680, Vol. 8, no 3, 331-348 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies concerning the association between macrosocial worries and well-being

have shown diverse results. In this study a person-oriented approach was employed. Two

subgroups of adolescents experiencing a high degree of worry about environmental risks

but displaying varying levels of subjective well-being were identified. One scored low on

well-being while the other scored high. Thereafter, the assumption that the two subgroups

would differ on theoretically relevant comparison measures was investigated. The group

high on both worry and well-being scored significantly higher on meaningfulness, trust in

environmental organizations, and on anger and hope in relation to environmental risks

than the group high on worry but low on well-being. Finally, environmental worry was

mainly predicted by biospheric and altruistic values, but also by high levels of trust in

science and environmental organizations. These results are discussed in relation to

existential, emotion, and identity theories.

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2005. Vol. 8, no 3, 331-348 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-165480DOI: 10.1080/13676260500261934OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-165480DiVA: diva2:473928
Available from: 2012-01-08 Created: 2012-01-08 Last updated: 2013-05-07Bibliographically approved

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