Journal article

The mental health impacts of climate change: Findings from a Pacific Island atoll nation

KE Gibson, J Barnett, N Haslam, I Kaplan

Journal of Anxiety Disorders | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Climate change is anticipated to have profound effects on mental health, particularly among populations that are simultaneously ecologically and economically vulnerable to its impacts. Various pathways through which climate change can impact mental health have been theorised, but the impacts themselves remain understudied. PURPOSE: In this article we applied psychological methods to examine if climate change is affecting individuals' mental health in the Small Island Developing State of Tuvalu, a Pacific Island nation regarded as exceptionally vulnerable to climate change. We determined the presence of psychological distress and associated impairment attributed to two categories ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by funding from the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at The University of Melbourne; a Golden Key International Honour Society project grant; and a Pozible crowd fund campaign.