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A Scoping Review of Interventions for the Treatment of Eco-Anxiety

Psychology, Sociology and Professional Counselling, Webster University, 1293 Geneva, Switzerland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9636; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189636
Received: 2 August 2021 / Revised: 7 September 2021 / Accepted: 11 September 2021 / Published: 13 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Psychological Impacts of Global Climate Change)
As climate change worsens and public awareness of its grave impact increases, individuals are increasingly experiencing distressing mental health symptoms which are often grouped under the umbrella term of eco-anxiety. Clear guidance is needed to enable mental health professionals to make informed choices of appropriate interventions and approaches in their eco-anxiety treatment plans. A scoping review was conducted to examine the current understanding of eco-anxiety and related intervention options and recommendations. The review included 34 records, 13 of which reflected specific psychological approaches. A thematic analysis of the content of the selected records yielded five major themes across interventions for individual and group treatment of eco-anxiety: practitioners’ inner work and education, fostering clients’ inner resilience, encouraging clients to take action, helping clients find social connection and emotional support by joining groups, and connecting clients with nature. Recommendations for treatment plans are to focus on holistic, multi-pronged, and grief-informed approaches that include eco-anxiety focused group work. View Full-Text
Keywords: eco-anxiety; climate anxiety; climate change; therapeutic approaches; psychological interventions; scoping review eco-anxiety; climate anxiety; climate change; therapeutic approaches; psychological interventions; scoping review
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Baudon, P.; Jachens, L. A Scoping Review of Interventions for the Treatment of Eco-Anxiety. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9636. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189636

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