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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (6): 1016-1024.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01016

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The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change and Coping Strategy

LU Ya;YIN Keli;QIAN Limei;SHEN Nan   

  1. (School of Education and Management, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming 650500, China)
  • Received:2013-11-01 Online:2014-06-15 Published:2014-06-15
  • Contact: YIN Keli


The term “global climate change” - one of the biggest challenges for human beings this century - refers to the direct or indirect influence of the climate on human activities. Climate change has cognitive, emotional and behavioral effects on individuals and, for most, these psychological effects could be gradual and cumulative. According to current research, coping strategies for dealing with climate change include those that are problem-focused, emotion-focused and meaning-focused. Meaning-focused approaches might be the most beneficial option for mental health. Defining and quantifying important concepts, articulating whether there are correlations between coping strategies and mental health and investigating the features of Chinese coping strategies are avenues for future work.

Key words: climate change, psychological impacts, coping strategies, meaning-focused coping