Individual responses to climate change: framing effects on pro-environmental behaviors

Sapiains, Rodolfo, Beeton, Robert J. S. and Walker, Iain A. (2016) Individual responses to climate change: framing effects on pro-environmental behaviors. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46 8: 483-493. doi:10.1111/jasp.12378

Author Sapiains, Rodolfo
Beeton, Robert J. S.
Walker, Iain A.
Title Individual responses to climate change: framing effects on pro-environmental behaviors
Journal name Journal of Applied Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1559-1816
Publication date 2016-04-12
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jasp.12378
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 46
Issue 8
Start page 483
End page 493
Total pages 11
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Promoting effective responses to climate change, especially among people who reject its anthropogenic causes, has been challenging. Following a qualitative study, we experimentally induce one of four frames of reference (identity, biodiversity conservation, economic prosperity, and climate change), and assess their effects on participants' behavioral intentions using three scales (consumption-investment, consumption-reduction, and political participation). The sample (N=156) included people who thought climate change is natural and those who thought it is human-induced. Results show a significant impact of the identity frame, relative to the climate-change frame, for both consumption scales, in the total sample, and among those who reject the anthropogenic causes. These results offer a way to address behavioral resistances associated with antagonistic views on climate change.
Keyword Climate change
Biodiversity conservation
Economic prosperity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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