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Parenthood and worrying about climate change : The limitations of previous approaches

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Subtitle: The limitations of previous approaches
Author list: OLOFSSON A, EKHOLM S, EKHOLM S, OLOFSSON A
Publication year: 2017
Start page: 305
End page: 314
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0272-4332
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Abstract

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 signi?cant when the emotional aspect is raised, but not when respondentswere asked to do cognitive estimates of risk. Parenthood proves signi?cant 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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