Landscape and well-being : a scoping study on the health-promoting impact of outdoor environments

Abraham, Andrea; Sommerhalder, Kathrin; Abel, Thomas (2010). Landscape and well-being : a scoping study on the health-promoting impact of outdoor environments International Journal of Public Health, 55(1), pp. 59-69. Springer 10.1007/s00038-009-0069-z

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OBJECTIVES The present literature review conceptualises landscape as a health resource that promotes physical, mental, and social well-being. Different health-promoting landscape characteristics are discussed. METHODS This article is based on a scoping study which represents a special kind of qualitative literature review. Over 120 studies have been reviewed in a five-step-procedure, resulting in a heuristic device. RESULTS A set of meaningful pathways that link landscape and health have been identified. Landscapes have the potential to promote mental well-being through attention restoration, stress reduction, and the evocation of positive emotions; physical well-being through the promotion of physical activity in daily life as well as leisure time and through walkable environments; and social well-being through social integration, social engagement and participation, and through social support and security. CONCLUSION This scoping study allows us to systematically describe the potential of landscape as a resource for physical, mental and social well-being. A heuristic framework is presented that can be applied in future studies, facilitating systematic and focused research approaches and informing practical public health interventions.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Social Work > Social Intervention focus area
School of Social Work

Name:

Abraham, Andrea;
Sommerhalder, Kathrin and
Abel, Thomas

Subjects:

H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)

ISSN:

1661-8556

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Abraham

Date Deposited:

18 Nov 2020 15:55

Last Modified:

22 Sep 2021 02:18

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00038-009-0069-z

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Environment Design;Environmental Exposure;Health Promotion;Humans;Personal Satisfaction

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.13304

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/13304

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