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. Heidelberg: SP Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 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 (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Abraham, Andrea; Sommerhalder, Kathrin and Abel, Thomas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

1661-8556

Publisher:

SP Birkhäuser Verlag Basel

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:07

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2018 14:10

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00038-009-0069-z

PubMed ID:

19768384

Web of Science ID:

000274435100008

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.21

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/21 (FactScience: 190239)

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