Young adult attitudes about global climate change: Studying youth commitment to resolving societal problems
Grenier, Sylvie D.
- In instances of political and social volatility, it often proves difficult for individuals to discuss, debate, and agree on difficult topics. Climate change is just one example of such a contentious issue. In an attempt to understand how to better unite diverse groups of individuals, the present study aims to conceptualize the role of identity, attitude, behavior as it relates to the environment ... read moreand civic participation. Specifically, I examined the associations among young adults’ civic identities, multiple domains of pro-environmental behavior, and the role of internal self-regulation in this relationship. French and American young adults (N = 138), ages 18-22, were surveyed in twelve data collections throughout Paris, France and Boston, Massachusetts. Respondents scored highest on measures of civic identity and self-regulation, with lowest scores occurring for pro-environmental behavior. In the total sample, all correlations between study variables were significant. However, the constructs did not vary significantly based on country, gender, or race. Nevertheless, these results illuminate interesting individual and group differences in civic identity, self-regulation, and pro-environmental behavior, particularly given that this study occurred during a period of political transition and social change.read less