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Climate Change and Emotions: Analysis of People’s Emotional States in Southern Ecuador

Iniguez-Gallardo, Verónica, Lenti Boero, Daniela, Tzanopoulos, Joseph (2021) Climate Change and Emotions: Analysis of People’s Emotional States in Southern Ecuador. Frontiers in Psychology, 12 . Article Number 644240. ISSN 1664-1078. E-ISSN 1664-1078. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.644240) (KAR id:90276)


Climate change involves multiple emotional expressions associated with specific labels, notably:‘concern’ ‘guilt’, or ‘scepticism’ However, there are other types of emotions that have been less analysed, such as ‘powerlessness’, ‘anger’ and ‘confusion’ that are of equal importance for predicting behavioural changes towards this climatic issue. Likewise, few studies in this research field rely on qualitative data to understand and identify the causative agents for the emotional arousal. This research explores a range of emotions, mixing those that have been widely studied and those that have been hardly analysed. It also looks at the demographic parameters associated with such emotions using a population sample from southern Ecuador. The study analyses quantitative and qualitative data gathered through structured-questionnaires whereby participants were given agency to select and define how they themselves sense emotionally climate change. The results indicate that two of the five participants' most selected emotions are shared with other nations (‘concern’, ‘guilt’), while the other three have been less reported and studied in the climate change field (‘powerlessness’, ‘anger’, and ‘confusion’). These emotions were found to be aroused by different reasons associated with specific demographic variables. The findings reveal the role of the cultural and local environment in the emotional arousal and its relevance for designing more effective climate communication campaigns.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.644240
Uncontrolled keywords: Climate change, emotions, open-ended questions, semantic analysis, Ecuador
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Joseph Tzanopoulos
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 11:55 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2024 10:07 UTC
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