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Visiting green space is associated with mental health and vitality: A cross-sectional study in four european cities

den Berg, Magdalena Van and van Poppel, Mireille and van Kemp, Irene and Andrusaityte, Sandra and Balseviciene, Birute and Cirach, Marta and Danileviciute, Asta and ELLIS, Naomi and HURST, Gemma and MASTERSON, Daniel and SMITH, Graham and Triguero-Mas, Margarita and Uzdanaviciute, Inga and de Wit, Puck and van Mechelen, Willem and GIDLOW, Christopher and Grazuleviciene, Regina and Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark and Kruize, Hanneke and Maas, Jolanda (2016) Visiting green space is associated with mental health and vitality: A cross-sectional study in four european cities. Health & Place, 38. pp. 8-15.

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Many epidemiological studies have found that people living in environments with more green space report better physical and mental health than those with less green space. However, the association between visits to green space and mental health has seldom been studied. The current study explored the associations between time spent in green spaces by purposeful visits and perceived mental health and vitality in four different European cities, and to what extent gender, age, level of education, attitude towards nature and childhood nature experience moderate these associations. Data was gathered using a questionnaire administered in four European cities (total n=3748). Multilevel analyses showed significant positive associations between time spent visiting green spaces and mental health and vitality in the pooled data, as well as across the four cities. Significant effect modification was found for level of education and childhood nature experience. The findings confirm the hypothesis that more time spent in green space is associated with higher scores on mental health and vitality scales, independent of cultural and climatic contexts

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Gemma HURST
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 12:31
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 12:32
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3227

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