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Title: Australian Youth Mental Health and Climate Change Concern After the Black Summer Bushfires
Contributor(s): Lykins, Amy D  (author)orcid ; Parsons, Melissa  (author)orcid ; Craig, Belinda M  (author); Cosh, Suzanne M  (author)orcid ; Hine, Donald W  (author)orcid ; Murray, Clara  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2023-04-28
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/s10393-023-01630-1
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Climate change and its effects present notable challenges for mental health, particularly for vul-nerable populations, including young people. Immediately following the unprecedented Black Summer bushfire season of 2019/2020, 746 Australians (aged 16–25 years) completed measures of mental health and perceptions of climate change. Results indicated greater presentations of depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment disorder symptoms, substance abuse, and climate change distress and concern, as well as lower psychological resilience and perceived distance to climate change, in participants with direct exposure to these bushfires. Findings highlight significant vulnerabilities of concern for youth mental health as climate change advances.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: EcoHealth, 20(1), p. 3-8
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1612-9210
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
410103 Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 190101 Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
200409 Mental health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
School of Psychology

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