Individual and Collective Actions Against Climate Change Among Chinese Adults: The Effects of Risk, Efficacy, and Consideration of Future Consequences

Jingyuan Shi, Zixi Li, Liang Chen*, Hongjie Tang

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Abstract

In this study, we tested the core premise of the risk perception attitude framework—that perceived risk and perceived efficacy jointly affect intention—and identified consideration of future consequences (CFC) as a boundary condition of the premise in the context of mitigating climate change. Our two-wave survey (N = 439) revealed that perceived individual-level efficacy predicted intention to perform individual behavior, whereas perceived societal-level risk predicted intention to engage in collective action. For individuals with low CFC, perceived risk and perceived efficacy’s joint effect was positively associated with intention to engage in individual behavior and collective action against climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-224
Number of pages30
JournalScience Communication
Volume45
Issue number2
Early online date3 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • climate change behavior
  • collective action
  • consideration of future consequences
  • individual behavior
  • risk perception attitude framework

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