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Parenthood and worrying about climate change: The limitations of previous approaches
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Risk and Crisis Research Center)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Risk and Crisis Research Center)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5000-311X
2017 (English)In: Risk Analysis, ISSN 0272-4332, E-ISSN 1539-6924, Vol. 37, no 2, 305-314 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study considers the correlation between parenthood and worry about the con-sequences of climate change. Two approaches to gauging people’s perceptions of the risksof climate change are compared: the classic approach, which measures risk perception, andthe emotion-based approach, which measures feelings toward a risk object. The empiricalmaterial is based on a questionnaire-based survey of 3,529 people in Sweden, of whom 1,376answered, giving a response rate of 39%. The results show that the correlation of parenthoodand climate risk is significant when the emotional aspect is raised, but not when respondentswere asked to do cognitive estimates of risk. Parenthood proves significant in all three ques-tions that measure feelings, demonstrating that it is a determinant that serves to increaseworry about climate change.

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2017. Vol. 37, no 2, 305-314 p.
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worry, climate change, risk perception, parenthood
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Social Sciences Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29118DOI: 10.1111/risa.12626ISI: 000397776100012PubMedID: 27164412Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84966615520OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-29118DiVA: diva2:1037776
Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-18 Last updated: 2017-08-29Bibliographically approved

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