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Psychological resilience for climate change transformation: relational, differentiated and situated perspectives

Adams, H. ORCID:, Blackburn, S. ORCID: and Mantovani, N. (2021) Psychological resilience for climate change transformation: relational, differentiated and situated perspectives. Current Opinion In Environmental Sustainability, 50. pp. 303-309. ISSN 1877-3435

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2021.06.011


Responding to climate change requires radical transformations in social, political, economic and social-ecological systems. Recent research has argued that individuals can drive transformations at scale through changes in beliefs and values that affect political activity. We draw from sociological and psychological perspectives on mental health outcomes among survivors of violence and abuse, taking a gendered approach, to show how potential for individual transformation is differentially constructed through personal life trajectories and intersectional social relations. We also argue that being resilient and transforming is stressful and involves significant personal costs. In integrating this psychological perspective, we suggest a more equitable way to define the individual’s role in, and their responsibility for, sustainable, societal-scale shifts for climate change.

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Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
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Additional Information:Funding Information: This paper is the result of a one-day workshop funded by King's College London as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science 2019 on transforming mental health responses to violence. We thank Colette Hirsch at King's College London Department of Psychology, for her contributions to discussions and feedback on the ideas contained in the paper. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


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