Urban nature

Human psychological and community health

Authored by: Rod Matsuoka , William Sullivan

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415498135
eBook ISBN: 9780203839263
Adobe ISBN: 9781136883415

10.4324/9780203839263.ch33

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Abstract

Over forty years of research has produced a substantial body of evidence revealing a variety of benefits from having contact with nature in urban settings. Although the evidence base is not complete, the findings of the overwhelming majority of the studies demonstrate that urban inhabitants benefit to a considerable degree, and in a variety of ways, from having everyday contact with nature. It has become clear that everyday exposure to nearby nature is associated with improved psychological health and functioning and increased community health of urban dwellers.

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