Kirsti M. Jylhä

Kirsti M. Jylhä
Institute for Futures Studies

Ph.D. (Psychology)

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Introduction
My research is focused on studying the interplay of social and psychological factors in influencing attitudes, ideological worldviews, and behavior. Currently, I am investigating: 1) attitudes, feelings, and behaviors in response to climate change; 2) factors explaining the re-emerge of the radical right in Europe over the past decades; and 3) opinions and feelings related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic influences attitudes attitudes and behaviors.
Additional affiliations
January 2018 - December 2020
Institute for Futures Studies
Position
  • Researcher
July 2017 - present
Södertörn University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Teaching areas: Statistics and research methodology, supervising theses
September 2016 - June 2017
Uppsala University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Teaching areas: Social psychology, personality psychology, research methodology and statistics, supervising bachelor's theses // Lecturer (September 2016 - January 2017), Senior Lecturer (January 2017 - June 2017)
Education
March 2012 - September 2016
Uppsala University
Field of study
  • Psychology
September 2009 - June 2010
Uppsala University
Field of study
  • Psychology
September 2006 - September 2009
Stockholm University
Field of study
  • Psychology, Sociology

Publications

Publications (22)
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Despite the importance of overcoming the persistent delay in climate action, almost no research has investigated the psychological underpinnings of climate change denial in Asian countries. Addressing this research gap, our study compares results obtained in Hong Kong with those of samples from New Zealand and Sweden regarding correlations of clima...
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Tämä artikkeli tarkastelee nuorten kokemia ympäristötunteita ja niin kutsuttua ilmastoahdistuksen ilmiötä Nuorisobarometrin 2021 tuloksia peilaten. Tunteiden joukosta artikkelissa keskitytään erityisesti suruun, riittämättömyyteen ja mielihyvään. Ilmastoahdistuksesta keskustellaan sekä tuoreen kansainvälisen että suomalaisen tutkimuksen valossa. Er...
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Considering the current political relevance of anti-immigration sentiments, we examined preference to avoid interacting with immigrants – conceptualized here as a manifestation of xenophobia – among radical (Sweden Democrats, Sverigedemokraterna, N = 2216) and mainstream (Conservative Party, Moderaterna, N = 634) right-wing voters in Sweden. Correl...
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Populist right‐wing politicians and voters tend to dismiss climate change. To investigate possible reasons for this, we tested correlations between climate change denial and variables linked to right‐wing populism (Study 1: N = 1,587; Study 2: N = 909). The strongest predictor of climate change denial was an index capturing exclusionary and anti‐eg...
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Climate anxiety is a phenomenon which raises growing attention. Based on a national survey of climate-related feelings and behaviors (N =2070) in Finland, we analyzed and discussed the concept of climate anxiety and its relationship with hope and action. We found that all our measures for climate anxiety (including worry and some stronger manifesta...
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Tipping Point is an artistic research project conducted through mutual exchanges between art and science: "The exhibition produced by Rikstolvan features the performance/installation Tipping Point, which was supported by the FORMAS Foundation and it has been developed as a collaboration between Bigert & Bergström and researchers from the Institute...
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The linkage between political right-wing orientation and climate change denial is extensively studied. However, previous research has almost exclusively focused on the mainstream right, which differs from the far right (radical and extreme) in some important domains. Thus, we investigated correlates of climate change denial among supporters of a ra...
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Tässä artikkelissa käsittelemme monipuolisesti lasten ilmastoahdistusta ja sen kohtaamiskeinoja. Kokoamme monitieteisen kirjoittajajoukon voimin yhteenvedon tutkitusta tiedosta ja teemme suosituksia ilmastokeskustelun kehittämiseksi ja lasten osallisuuden parantamiseksi. Keskitymme erityisesti ilmastoviestinnän, ympäristökasvatuksen ja psykologian...
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As in many other European countries, the political system has undergone rapid changes in Sweden while a radical right‐wing party – The Sweden Democrats (SD) – has grown from a negligible position into one of the country's largest parties. SD has been winning voters from both the right and the left sides of the political spectrum, and particularly f...
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Ethnonationalism and anti-immigration sentiments are increasingly influencing voting behavior in Western countries. This study investigated the role of xenophobia in explaining support for right-wing parties and whether xenophobia correlates with the same psychological variables among voters of a radical right-wing party (Sweden Democrats, Sveriged...
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Europe has experienced major political changes over recent decades, with new political parties having emerged and become established in many countries. The same development has also been seen in Sweden, where the Sweden Democrats has rapidly grown from a once marginal position to become one of the country’s largest parliamentary parties. This repo...
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Like in many other European countries, the political system has undergone rapid changes in Sweden as a radical right-wing party – The Sweden Democrats (SD) – has grown from a negligible position into one of the country’s largest parties. SD has been winning voters from both the right and the left sides of the political spectrum, and particularly fr...
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Sverigedemokraterna har på kort tid blivit ett av Sveriges största riksdagspartier. Det är också ett av flera liknande partier som på senare tid har fått ett växande väljarstöd i Europa, och därför kunnat flytta fram sina positioner i respektive lands partisystem. Den här rapporten söker svar på en mängd olika frågor om Sverigedemokraternas väljar...
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Ambivalent sexism is a two-dimensional framework that assesses sexist and misogynous attitudes. The current corpus of research on such attitudes suggest that they are predicted by numerous variables, including religious beliefs, ideological variables, and men's facial hair. Most studies, however, have treated such predictors as if they are independ...
Conference Paper
Despite the extensive scientific evidence for human induced climate change, many still question or deny it. Previous research has shown that individuals who support right-wing populist parties tend to deny climate change to a higher degree than individuals supporting established parties. However, populism combines different views, and from the curr...
Chapter
Despite the extensive supportive evidence for climate change, there still exists doubt and denial about the topic among the public. One reason for this is that misinformation about climate science is widespread in the society. It should be noted, however, that some individuals are more prone to denying climate change than others. As reviewed in thi...
Thesis
To read and download my thesis online, follow this link: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297879 Abstract: Climate change denial has been found to correlate with sociopolitical ideology. The general aim of the present thesis was to investigate this relation, and more specifically to 1) test the unique effects of intercorrelated ideo...
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Political conservatives and males are more likely to deny human influence on climate change. In this paper we examine the role of social dominance orientation (SDO) in explaining this “conservative male effect” by testing whether SDO mediates the influence of both political conservatism and gender on anthropogenic climate change denial. We use cros...
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In the chapter, I discuss the psychological mechanisms behind climate change denial, with a particular focus on conservative political ideology. To read this open access book and my chapter, follow the link: http://www.e-ir.info/2016/06/13/refusing-to-acknowledge-the-problem-of-climate-change-denial/ Thank you for reading!
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Extending previous research, we examined whether the relation between social dominance orientation (SDO) and climate change denial reflects group-based dominance (SDO and nature dominance) or general system justification. Moreover, we examined whether the relation between personality (domineering and empathy) and denial is mediated by group-based d...
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Examining the relation between ideological variables and climate change denial, we found social dominance orientation (SDO) to outperform right-wing authoritarianism and left–right political orientation in predicting denial (Study 1 and 2). In Study 2, where we experimentally altered the level of denial by a newscast communicating supporting eviden...

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Beliefs in human dominance over nature lies at the heart of current environmental problems. In this research project, my colleagues and I extend the theoretical scope of social dominance theory by arguing that social dominance orientation (SDO) is an important variable in understanding person–environment relations.