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Confronting macrosocial worries: Worry about environmental problems and proactive coping among a group of young volunteers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2007 (English)In: Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, ISSN 0016-3287, E-ISSN 1873-6378, Vol. 39, no 6, 729-745 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Studies indicate that young people’s interest in and worries about global issues, including environmental problems, often are connected with pessimism and inactivity. The purpose of this interview study, therefore, is to explore whether we can learn how to cope proactively with environmental worries from young people who are already actively engaged in environmental and global justice organizations. How do these young volunteers experience and reflect upon their worry? Which individual and collective coping strategies are used? The results are analyzed in relation to existential and emotion theories, and it is concluded that if we want to promote both an active stance towards the global future and psychological well-being among young people, it is not the ability to get rid of worry that should be sought after but rather the capacity to face worry, to learn from it, and to use it for constructive actions. In this regard, cognitive strategies for activating positive emotions and positive aspects of being actively engaged are important to acknowledge, since they could help the young to take on this difficult task.

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2007. Vol. 39, no 6, 729-745 p.
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Psychology Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-165485DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2006.11.007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-165485DiVA: diva2:473930
Available from: 2012-01-08 Created: 2012-01-08 Last updated: 2012-02-28Bibliographically approved

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