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Young people’s coping strategies concerning climate change: Relations to communication patterns with parents and friends and pro-environmental behavior
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Recent research indicates that emotion regulation and coping, due to the emotional character of environmental problems, can have an influence on pro-environmental behavior. Studies have, for instance, found that problem-focused and meaning-focused strategies to cope with climate change are positively, while emotion-focused strategies are negatively, related to such behavior. These studies do not, however, acknowledge that coping takes place in a social context. Therefore, this study explores how coping with climate change among Swedish adolescents (N=747) relates to pro-environmental behavior, as well as to communication patterns with parents and friends. A questionnaire was distributed in school. Principal-Component-Analyses identified two communication styles with fathers, mothers and friends respectively: one negative and one positive. Correlation analyses found that the negative patterns had positive relations to emotion-focused coping, and that the positive patterns had positive relations to problem-, and meaning-focused coping. Regression analyses showed that communication with fathers and friends was more important than communication with mothers in explaining emotion-focused and problem-focused coping. Preliminary results from a SEM-analysis indicate that coping strategies mediate the effects of communication patterns on pro-environmental behavior, and that problem-focused coping meditates the two other coping strategies influence on behavior. Results are discussed in relation to theories about emotion regulation and socialization.


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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252608OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-252608DiVA: diva2:810976
The 11th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Groningen, The Netherlands, August 24-27
Available from: 2015-05-08 Created: 2015-05-08 Last updated: 2015-05-08

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