Trial document




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  DRKS00027021

Trial Description

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Title

Evaluating the Public Climate School - a multi-component school-based program to promote climate awareness and action in students: A controlled pilot study

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Trial Acronym

EvalPCS Pilot Study

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URL of the Trial

https://publicclimateschool.de/pilotstudie/

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

While adolescents are particularly affected by the climate crisis, they increasingly become important drivers of transformational change. Given their potential to reach almost all adolescents, school-based programs are well suited to contribute to the acquisition of knowledge and skills enabling climate action in adolescents with potentially important ancillary effects on their health and wellbeing. Despite this, evidence on the effectiveness of multi-component school-based interventions to promote climate awareness and action is scarce. We therefore conduct a pilot study assessing the feasibility of the evaluation framework of the Public Climate School (PCS) in preparation of a large-scale effectiveness study. The Public Climate School (PCS) is a week of action on topics related to climate change - with lectures, workshops and discussion panels by and with scientists and experts from a wide range of disciplines.
The unblinded controlled pilot study is conducted in 14 classes covering grades 7 to 13 in German schools. We will conduct a 30-minute online survey to assess the impact of the PCS on participants´ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours related to the climate crisis. Participants will complete the survey before and after the upcoming PCS, which will take place from November 22 to 26, 2021.
The second part of the pilot study involves qualitative interviews that will be conducted in January/February 2022 to receive feedback on content and methods of the PCS.

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

While adolescents are particularly affected by the climate crisis, they increasingly become important drivers of transformational change. Given their potential to reach almost all adolescents, school-based programs are well suited to contribute to the acquisition of knowledge and skills enabling climate action in adolescents with potentially important ancillary effects on their health and wellbeing. Despite this, evidence on the effectiveness of multi-component school-based interventions to promote climate awareness and action is scarce. We therefore conduct a pilot study assessing the feasibility of the evaluation framework of the Public Climate School (PCS) in preparation of a large-scale effectiveness study.
The unblinded controlled pilot study is conducted in 14 classes covering grades 7 to 13 in German schools. We will conduct a 30-minute online survey to assess the impact of the PCS on participants´ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours related to the climate crisis. Participants will complete the survey before and after the upcoming PCS, which will take place from November 22 to 26, 2021.
The second part of the pilot study involves qualitative interviews that will be conducted in January/February 2022 to receive feedback on content and methods of the PCS.

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Do you plan to share individual participant data with other researchers?

Yes

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Description IPD sharing plan:

Anonymized data and scripts for statistical analyses will be provided on request after the data collection will be finished (in 2022).

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00027021
  •   2021/12/01
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  •   Approved
  •   036/2021, Ethikkommission der Freien Universität Berlin Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie
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Secondary IDs

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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   Prevention of helplessness and frustration in relation to the climate crisis. Identification of risk factors.
  •   The questionnaire that is used in the study is not suitable to make an ICD-10 diagnosis. Only worries and negative emotions will be assessed. Extreme values in these items may indicate possible anxiety and/or depressive symptoms.
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   Students will be assessed with a questionnaire before and after the participation in the public climate school intervention. The intervention includes lectures, workshops, and discussion panels with experts from a wide range of disciplines on the topic of climate change and its impact on humans and environment. The intervention aims to inform participants about the facts behind climate change, raising awareness about the impact of climate change, and identifying possible ways to counteract and cope with the crisis. Thus, the intervention includes elements to prevent anxiety and depressive symptoms.

    The newly developed questionnaire includes scales on pro-environmental behavioural intentions, pro-environmental behaviours, identification with climate change-related civil engagement groups, climate change-related emotions, risk perception, concerns, efficacy expectation, values and norms, as well as knowledge.
  •   waitlist control group
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Characteristics

  •   Interventional
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  •   Randomized controlled trial
  •   Blinded
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  •   Control group receives no treatment
  •   Other
  •   Parallel
  •   N/A
  •   N/A
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Primary Outcome

Before and after the intervention / waiting period, pro-environmental behavioural intentions will be assessed via a newly devoloped questionnaire. The scale on pro-environmental behavioural intentions is an adapted version of the scale on pro-environmental behaviours by Ojala 2012 in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

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Secondary Outcome

Pro-environmental behaviours,
identification with climate change-related civil engagement groups,
climate change-related emotions, risk perception, concerns, efficacy expectation, values and norms, as well as knowledge.

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Germany
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Locations of Recruitment

  • other 
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Recruitment

  •   Actual
  •   2021/11/12
  •   200
  •   Multicenter trial
  •   National
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   12   Years
  •   21   Years
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

all students of participating school classes

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Exclusion Criteria

age under 12

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Addresses

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    • Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, FB Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Stephan  Heinzel 
    • Habelschwerdter Allee 45
    • 14195  Berlin
    • Germany
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    • EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht
    • Ms.  Prof. Dr.  Myriam  Bechtoldt 
    • Rheingaustraße 1
    • 65375  Oestrich-Winkel
    • Germany
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    • Zentrum für Präventivmedizin und Digital Health Baden-Wuerttemberg, Medizinische Fakultät, Universität Heidelberg
    • Mr.  Dr.  Michael  Eichinger 
    • Ludolf-Krehl-Straße 7-11
    • 68167  Mannheim
    • Germany
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    • Hochschule für Nachhaltige Entwicklung
    • Ms.  B.Sc.  Inga Thao My  Bui 
    • Schicklerstraße 5
    • 16225  Eberswalde
    • Germany
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    • Gesundheitspsychologie, Fachbereich für Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin
    • Mr.  Dr.  Jan  Keller 
    • Habelschwerdter Allee 45
    • 14195  Berlin
    • Germany
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    • Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Campus Charité Mitte)
    • Ms.  Prof. Dr.  Shuyan  Liu 
    • Charitéplatz 1
    • 10117  Berlin
    • Germany
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    • Klinik für Psychiatrie und Pychotherapie, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Campus Charité Mitte)
    • Ms.  Ashley  Lau 
    • Charitéplatz 1
    • 10117  Berlin
    • Germany
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    • Zentrum für Technologie und Gesellschaft, Technische Universität Berlin
    • Mr.  Dr.  Michael  Neuber 
    • Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104
    • 10553  Berlin
    • Germany
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    • Psychologists for Future
    • Mr.  Dr.  Felix  Peter 
    • Germany
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    • Department für Sozial- Umwelt- und Wirtschaftspsychologie, Universität Koblenz-Landau
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Gerhard  Reese 
    • Fortstraße 7,
    • 76829  Landau
    • Germany
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    • Klinische Psychologie und PsychotherapieErziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie Freie Universität Berlin
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Stephan  Heinzel 
    • Habelschwerdter Allee 45
    • 14195  Berlin
    • Germany
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    • Zentrum für ökonomische Bildung, Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    • Mr.  M.Sc.  Fabian  Schäfer 
    • Universitätsstraße 150,
    • 44780  Bochum
    • Germany
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Stephan  Heinzel 
    • Habelschwerdter Allee 45
    • 14195  Berlin
    • Germany
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Status

  •   Recruiting ongoing
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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