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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.date.accessioned2018-10-18T03:54:01Z
dc.date.available2018-10-18T03:54:01Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn0272-4944
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.02.003
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/100588
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.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom57
dc.relation.ispartofpageto65
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Environmental Psychology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume42
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSocial and Community Psychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170113
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
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gro.griffith.authorBradley, Graham L.
gro.griffith.authorReser, Joseph P.


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