Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorHornsey, Matthew J
dc.contributor.authorFielding, Kelly S
dc.contributor.authorMcStay, Ryan
dc.contributor.authorReser, Joseph P
dc.contributor.authorBradley, Graham L
dc.contributor.authorGreenaway, Katharine H
dc.description.abstractStudies reveal that the more efficacious people feel in their ability to combat climate change, the more threatened they feel by it. This positive correlation deserves unpacking, given that classic theories position efficacy beliefs as coping appraisals that help manage threats. First, we tested whether the relationship is an artifact of overlap with a latent variable that is implicated in both threat and efficacy: “green” identity. Second, we tested whether efficacy perceptions are (partly) motivated cognitions designed to ameliorate helplessness in the face of threat. Study 1 (N = 4345 Australians) replicated the positive correlation between threat and efficacy, and showed that the relationships remained after controlling for green identity. Direct evidence for motivated control was found in Study 2 (N = 212 Americans): Participants who read a high-threat message reported more (collective) efficacy than did those who read a climate change message that downplayed threat. Implications for theoretical models of control are discussed.
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Environmental Psychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSocial and Community Psychology
dc.titleEvidence for motivated control: Understanding the paradoxical link between threat and efficacy beliefs about climate change
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorBradley, Graham L.
gro.griffith.authorReser, Joseph P.

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Journal articles
    Contains articles published by Griffith authors in scholarly journals.

Show simple item record