The Making of an Environmental Activist: A Developmental Psychological Perspective
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2013
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New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
Special Issue: Exemplar Methods and Research: Strategies for Investigation
Volume 2013, Issue 142, pages 59–74, Winter 2013
How to Cite
2013). The making of an environmental activist: A developmental psychological perspective. In M. K. Matsuba, P. E.King, & K. C. Bronk (Eds.), Exemplar methods and research: Strategies for investigation. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 142, 59–74., & (
- Issue published online: 16 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2013
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 findings with reference to the current state of our planet and what may be done to reverse current trends. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.