Purpose of Review: A narrative review was conducted on research surrounding children’s and adolescents’ experiences of emotional and mental health and wellbeing in relation to climate change; we also explored potential connections to existential themes. Recent Findings: Children and adolescents represent a vulnerable group in relation to experiencing negative mental health impacts due to climate change. Further, this population experiences a wide range of emotions in relation to climate change, with most research reporting on worry and anxiety. Several studies that explored associations between such emotions and mental health outcomes found positive associations. Additionally, research suggests that there is an existential underpinning to how climate change is experienced by children and adolescents. Although important contributions have been made in recent years, knowledge gaps remain. Summary: An understanding of the psychological responses children and adolescents have in relation to climate change is needed to inform practice and policy. This may be supported by an existential framework.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Current Psychiatry Reports|
|Publication status||Published - Aug. 2023|
- Climate change
- Mental health