Climate Change Worry Scale

The Climate Change Worry Scale (CCWS) is a 10 item measure that is intended to capture respondents' psychological responses, such as fear, anxiety, depression, and trauma, associated with climate change.


High Psychometric Score

ITEMS:

  1. I worry about climate change more than other people.

  2. Thoughts about climate change cause me to have worries about what the future may hold.

  3. I tend to seek out information about climate change in the media (e.g., TV, newspapers, internet).

  4. I tend to worry when I hear about climate change, even when the effects of climate change may be some time away.

  5. I worry that outbreaks of severe weather may be the result of a changing climate.

  6. I worry about climate change so much that I feel paralyzed in being able to do anything about it.

  7. I worry that I might not be able to cope with climate change.

  8. I notice that I have been worrying about climate change.

  9. Once I begin to worry about climate change, I find it difficult to stop.

  10. I worry about how climate change may affect the people I care about.

Response Options

Never - 1

Rarely - 2

Sometimes - 3

Often - 4

Always - 5

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adults

Scoring Procedures:

Items are averaged to create a scale. Higher scores on the Climate Change Worry Scale signify greater psychological response to climate change.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Stewart, A. E. (2021). Psychometric properties of the Climate Change Worry Scale. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(2). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020494

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-Retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

HIGH
Total Score: 5.50/8 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

MEDIUM

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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