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NOVION AICON, CAROLINA  and  ESTRADA GOIC, CLAUDIA. The perception of experiential effects of climate change in a sample of southern urban population. Magallania [online]. 2011, vol.39, n.1, pp.93-102. ISSN 0718-2244.

Climate change and its effects in the short and long term life human, is a topic that has attracted the most interest in different scientific disciplines. Even within psychology does not exist research on this subject, it is clear that changes in the environment have an impact on the welfare of people. The this study attempts to measure the perception of climate change and Psychological wellbeing and establish existence of a relationship between both variables. The research consists of a non-experimental cross correlation, where the probability accidental sample consisted of 120 inhabitants of the city of Punta Arenas, who were administered questionnaires measuring the perceived existence and magnitude of climate change in everyday life, and psychological wellbeing. The results indicate that there are two groups recipients, those who perceive the presence of climate change those who do not. Moreover, within those who claim to perceive these changes are the positive values for life daily and those that associate with negative aspects. Finally, the data show the existence of a link between these variables domain only for “subjective” and the dimension of “domain environment “, those with higher perception of climate change, without whether this is assessed as positive or negative, have also a decrease in psychological well-being.

Keywords : perception; climate change; psychological well-being.

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