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Development and Validation of the Climate Capability Scale.

Horry, R., Rudd, J. A., Skains, R L. and Ross, H., 2023. Development and Validation of the Climate Capability Scale. Sustainability, 15 (15), 11933.

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DOI: 10.3390/su151511933


Climate change poses a serious existential threat to life on our planet. If we are to mitigate the most damaging impacts of climate change, there is a need for citizens who are willing and able to make changes to their individual behaviours, but who are also politically engaged and motivated to participate in, and advocate for, systemic change; there is a need for citizens who are Climate Capable. However, there is no scale currently available with which to measure the climate capability of adults and adolescents. Through an iterative process across three studies with 849 UK adults, we developed and validated a 24-item Climate Capability Scale. In a further study, with 458 UK adolescent participants (aged 12–15), we validated the scale for use with adolescents. We demonstrate that the scale is internally consistent, has good test–retest reliability, correlates with measures of related constructs such as environmental worldview and scientific literacy, and predicts self-reported pro-environmental behaviour. The Climate Capability Scale may have particular value in educational and public engagement contexts for measuring the effectiveness of programs and interventions designed to increase Climate Capability, as well as similar approaches to heighten engagement with the climate crisis.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:climate change; climate capability; climate literacy; adolescents; climate change education; scale; validation
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:38812
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:31 Jul 2023 10:00
Last Modified:11 Aug 2023 16:06


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