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Are Some Natural Environments More Psychologically Beneficial Than Others? The Importance of Type and Quality on Connectedness to Nature and Psychological Restoration

Wyles, Kayleigh, White, Mathew P., Hattam, Caroline, Pahl, Sabine, King, Haney and Austen, Melanie (2017) Are Some Natural Environments More Psychologically Beneficial Than Others? The Importance of Type and Quality on Connectedness to Nature and Psychological Restoration Environment and Behavior.

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Abstract

Exposure to nature can strengthen an individual’s sense of connectedness (i.e., emotional/cognitive bonds to the natural world) and enhance psychological restoration (e.g., feeling relaxed/refreshed). To date, there have been few large studies looking at the role that type and quality of natural environments may have on these outcomes. The present study used data from a large survey in England (sample analyzed = 4,515), which asked participants to recall a recent visit to nature. After controlling for covariates, respondents recalled greater connectedness to nature and restoration following visits to rural and coastal locations compared with urban green space, and to sites of higher environmental quality (operationalized by protected/designated area status, for example, nature reserves). A series of structural equation analyses provided evidence for a bidirectional association between connectedness and restoration. Consideration of the psychological benefits associated with different types and quality of environment has implications for human health, environmental management, and conservation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Wyles, Kayleighk.wyles@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
White, Mathew P.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hattam, CarolineUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pahl, SabineUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
King, HaneyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Austen, MelanieUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 31 October 2017
Identification Number : 10.1177/0013916517738312
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords : Restorative experiences; Nature connectedness; Monitoring engagement with the natural environment; Terrestrial and marine environments; Psychological benefits
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2017 13:55
Last Modified : 10 Nov 2017 11:26
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/844845

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