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.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


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

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Abraham, Andrea, Sommerhalder, Kathrin, Abel, Thomas


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




SP Birkhäuser Verlag Basel




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04 Oct 2013 14:07

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