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Erschienen in: Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie 6/2014

01.08.2014 | Beiträge zum Themenschwerpunkt

Comprehension of climate change and environmental attitudes across the lifespan

verfasst von: M.Sc. C. Degen, S.E. Kettner, H. Fischer, J. Lohse, J. Funke, C. Schwieren, T. Goeschl, J. Schröder

Erschienen in: Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie | Ausgabe 6/2014

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Abstract

Given the coincidence of the demographic change and climate change in the upcoming decades the aging voter gains increasing importance in climate change mitigation and adaptation processes. It is generally assumed that information status and comprehension of complex processes underlying climate change are prerequisites for adopting pro-environmental attitudes and taking pro-environmental actions. In a cross-sectional study, we investigated in how far (1) environmental knowledge and comprehension of feedback processes underlying climate change and (2) pro-environmental attitudes change as a function of age. Our sample consisted of 92 participants aged 25–75 years (mean age 49.4 years, SD 17.0). Age was negatively related to comprehension of system structures inherent to climate change, but positively associated with level of fear of consequences and anxiousness towards climate change. No significant relations were found between environmental knowledge and pro-environmental attitude. These results indicate that, albeit understanding of relevant structures of the climate system is less present in older age, age is not a limiting factor for being engaged in the complex dilemma of climate change. Results bear implications for the communication of climate change and pro-environmental actions in aging societies.
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Results from the incentivized decision task that was also elicited in the computerized part are reported in Goeschl et al. [7].
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Comprehension of climate change and environmental attitudes across the lifespan
verfasst von
M.Sc. C. Degen
S.E. Kettner
H. Fischer
J. Lohse
J. Funke
C. Schwieren
T. Goeschl
J. Schröder
Publikationsdatum
01.08.2014
Verlag
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Erschienen in
Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie / Ausgabe 6/2014
Print ISSN: 0948-6704
Elektronische ISSN: 1435-1269
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00391-014-0675-0