The making of an environmental activist: a developmental psychological perspective.

  title={The making of an environmental activist: a developmental psychological perspective.},
  author={M. Kyle matsuba and Michael W. Pratt},
  journal={New directions for child and adolescent development},
  volume={2013 142},
  • M. matsubaM. Pratt
  • Published 1 December 2013
  • Psychology
  • New directions for child and adolescent development
This chapter reviews the research on environmental exemplars, or activists. General themes that have been identified in the literature include early experiences in nature, the influence of other people and organizations, opportunities for environmental education, environmental self and identity formation, and generativity. With these themes in hand, we construct a developmental model suggesting a possible trajectory toward environmental activism. We also discuss possible implications of these… 

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