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Record number 406691
Title Nearby nature and human health: stress, social cohesion and physical activity as possible mediators
Author(s) Vries, S. de; Dillen, S.M.E. van; Groenewegen, P.; Spreeuwenberg, P.
Source In: Forests for the future: Sustaining Society and the Environment, XXIII IUFRO World Congress, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 23-28 August 2010. - The Crib, Dinchope, Shropshire, UK : The commonwealth forestry association - p. 462 - 462.
Event The Crib, Dinchope, Shropshire, UK : The commonwealth forestry association Forests for the future: Sustaining Society and the Environment, XXIII IUFRO World Congress, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2010-08-23/2010-08-28
Department(s) CL - The Human Factor
Communication Science
Publication type Abstract in scientific journal or proceedings
Publication year 2010
Abstract Several studies have shown a positive relationship between the availability of green space in neighbourhoods and residents’ health. This study focuses on the mechanisms through which greenery might exert its positive effect on health. Three mechanisms are nvestigated: stress reduction, stimulating physical activity and facilitating social cohesion. Altogether 80 neighbourhoods in four Dutch cities were selected. Data on the quantity and quality of streetscape greenery were collected by observations. Data on health and mediators were obtained for adults by mail questionnaires (N = 1641). Multi-level regression analyses, controlling for socio-demographic characteristics, revealed that both observed quantity and quality of streetscape greenery were related to perceived general health, acute health-related complaints, and mental health. In general relationships were stronger for quality than for quantity. Stress and social cohesion proved to be important mediators of these relationships. Total physical activity (PA) was not a mediator. PA that could be undertaken in the public space of the neighbourhood (green PA) was, to some extent. Attention is paid to the possibility that green elements have no special qualities other than that they help to make the neighbourhood more attractive, something that could also be achieved in other ways.
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