Psychology and Climate Change - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128131305

Psychology and Climate Change

1st Edition

Human Perceptions, Impacts, and Responses

Editors: Susan Clayton Christie Manning
Paperback ISBN: 9780128131305
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 250
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Psychology and Climate Change: From Denial and Depression to Adaptation and Resilience organizes and summarizes recent work in the field of psychology on the issue of climate change. The book covers topics ranging from how people perceive and respond to climate change, how people understand and communicate about the issue, how it impacts individuals and communities, particularly vulnerable communities, and how individuals and communities can best prepare for and mitigate negative climate change impacts. Further, it examines the role of emotion, messenger-audience fit, bi-directional communication, and issue relevance in shaping engagement and receptivity in the effectiveness of climate change communication efforts.

Psychology and Climate Change lays out the clear relevance of psychological phenomena to perceptions (e.g., risk perception, motivated cognition, denial), impacts (threats to mental health, social well-being, and sense of place), and behavior (mitigation and adaptation). The book strives to engage diverse stakeholders, both within and between nations, to develop and implement effective mitigation and adaptation policies on the urgent and very real issue of climate change.

Key Features

  • Addresses psychological adaptation processes related to climate change
  • Draws upon identity threat, identity-based motivation, and belonging
  • Discusses the difference between acute climate change events and slowly-emerging changes on our mental health
  • Explores the effectiveness of climate change communication efforts
  • Examines psychological stress and injury related to global climate change
  • Considers how perceptions of climate change vary across nations
  • Presents a conceptual framework for classifying individual and household behavior
  • Promotes individual and community resilience


Researchers and students who study environmental psychology, social psychology, behavior change, and environmental studies. A secondary market for those who make policy regarding climate change

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    2. Perceptions
    3. Communicating about climate change
    4. Climate change discussions in social context
    5. A diversity science approach to climate change
    6. Climate change and psychological well-being
    7. Individual impacts and resilience
    8. Barriers to responding
    9. Contributions of psychology to limiting climate change
    10. Coming to terms with climate change: Psychological adaptation and engagement processes
    11. Community resilience and climate change: Insights, examples, and directions for future research


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About the Editor

Susan Clayton

Susan Clayton is the Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster. She is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Environmental and Conservation Psychology (2012) and the co-author of Conservation Psychology: Understanding and Promoting Human Care for Nature (20015), as well as co-authoring or co-editing three other books. She was a co-author of the 2010 APA Task Force on Psychology and Global Climate Change. She is the former president of the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology and of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social issues. She has given numerous psychology and climate change.

Affiliations and Expertise

Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology, The College of Wooster

Christie Manning

Christie Manning is a faculty member of the Department of Environmental Studies at Macalester College. She is co-author of the textbook Psychology for Sustainability, Fourth Edition (Routledge 2016). Her interdisciplinary research explores the effectiveness of community-based initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts. She has given many presentations on the role of psychology in facilitating climate adaption efforts.

Affiliations and Expertise

PhD Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Department of Psychology Associate Director, Educating Sustainability Ambassadors Macalester College

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