Public Space and Pedestrian Stress Perception

Insights from Darmstadt, Germany

Authored by: Martin Knöll , Marianne Halblaub Miranda , Thomas Cleff , Annette Rudolph-Cleff

Handbook of Global Urban Health

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138206250
eBook ISBN: 9781315465456
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Current city living and upbringing in urban environments have been related to various manifestations of stress and a higher risk of mental health problems. Lederbogen et al. (2013), for instance, have named a set of influencing factors for urban social stress such as infrastructure, socio-economic factors, and noise and environmental pollution. Yang and Matthews (2010) explored the associations of social and built environment determinants with self-rated stress, finding that social stress research can be expanded in scope if measures of the built environment are included. A systematic review from Gong et al. (2016) focused on the relationship between objective measurements of the urban environment and psychological distress. They demand that future work look at the spatial-temporal dynamic of the urban environment measured in GIS in relation to psychological distress.

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