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Visiting Green Space is Associated with Mental Health and Vitality

Key Message

More time spent in green space is associated with higher scores on mental health and vitality scales, independent of cultural and climatic contexts.

Source

van den Berg, Magdalena et al. (2016). Visiting green space is associated with mental health and vitality: A cross-sectional study in four European cities. Health & Place. 38: 8-15. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.01.003

Purpose

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. 

Evidence

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.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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