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Climate Change and Human Well-Being

Global Challenges and Opportunities

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  • © 2011


  • Discussion of environmental changes to effects on global attitudes and stress
  • Analysis of link between climate change and various populations around the world
  • Focus on effects of changes to specific communities and groups
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: International and Cultural Psychology (ICUP)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. The Impact of Climate Change

  2. The Impact Of Climate Change

  3. Specific Populations

  4. Guidance and Recommendations


About this book

Climate change is increasing the severity of disasters and adverse weather conditions worldwide, with particularly devastating effects on developing countries and on individuals with lower resources. Climate change is likely to impact mental health and psychosocial well-being via multiple pathways, leading to new challenges. Direct effects such as gradual environmental changes, higher temperatures, and natural disasters, are likely to lead to more indirect consequences such as social and economic stressors, population displacement, and conflict.

Climate change, largely the product of industrialized nations, is projected to magnify existing inequalities and to impact the most vulnerable, including those with low resources, individuals living in developing countries and specific populations such as women, children and those with pre-existing disabilities. This book outlines areas of impact on human well being, consider specific populations, and shed light on mitigating the impact of climate change. Recommendations discuss ways of strengthening community resilience, building on local capacities, responding to humanitarian crises, as well as conducting research and evaluation projects in diverse settings.


From the reviews:

“This book presents evidence on the likely psychosocial and mental health impacts of climate change, as well as mental health recommendations for prevention, preparedness, and response. The intended audiences include mental health professionals, researchers, humanitarian workers, policy makers, and students in these fields. Climate Change and Human Well-Being: Global Challenges and Opportunities is organized into three sections, with 11 chapters in total.” (Gregory H. Wilmoth, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 57 (15), April, 2012)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Berlin, Germany

    Inka Weissbecker

About the editor

Inka Weissbecker International Medical Corps' global mental health and psychosocial advisor. She is currently working in South Sudan.

Please copy and paste the link below in your browser to read more about Dr. Weissbecker's interview on mental health services at the March 26-27 Royal Society of Medicine conference: "The world in denial: Global mental health matters."

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