Building on previous research in existential psychology, we tested whether inducing death anxiety and death reflection differentially inhibit or inspire proenvironmental outcomes, respectively (Hypothesis 1). The outcomes we examined were of biospheric concern, intention to engage in environmental activism, support for population growth mitigation policies, and support for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. We also hypothesized that these differential effects would be more evident for those with less versus more environmentalist contingent self-worth (Hypothesis 2). In an experimental online study (N = 280), neither death anxiety nor death reflection affected proenvironmental outcomes. We only found a marginally significant positive effect of death reflection vs. the control condition on biospheric concern and a marginally significant interaction suggesting death reflection might increase biospheric concern compared to death anxiety among those weak in environmentalist contingent self-worth.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Translational Issues in Psychological Science|
|State||Published - Jun 30 2022|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Psychology
- Psychology (miscellaneous)