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Author(s):Grahn, Patrik; Stigsdotter, Ulrika K.
Author Affiliation:Grahn: Department of Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden; Stigsdotter: Forest & Landscape Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Title:The relation between perceived sensory dimensions of urban green space and stress restoration
Source:Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 94, No. 3-4, March 15 2010, p. 264-275.
# of Pages:12
Publishing Information:Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Greenspace; Health benefits; Human response to environmental features; Mental stress; Questionnaire surveys; Turf values; Urban habitat
Abstract/Contents:"Research indicates a relationship between sensory perception of natural environments and human health. Our hypothesis is that people perceive green spaces in terms of certain dimensions, where some dimensions are more important and preferred than others with respect to restoring people from stress. The aims are to: identify and describe the perceived dimensions in nature; identify which dimensions people in general prefer; identify the dimensions people reporting stress prefer; and identify a combination of the dimensions people reporting stress prefer. A total of 953 randomly selected informants from nine Swedish cities (representative of the Swedish population) answered a postal questionnaire with pre-coded questions. The questionnaire consisted of three parts: personal data, preferences for natural qualities and self-estimations of health status. The data were analyzed using factor analysis and regression analyses. The results identify and describe eight perceived sensory dimensions. People in general prefer the dimension Serene, followed by Space, Nature, Rich in Species, Refuge, Culture, Prospect and Social. The dimensions Refuge and Nature are most strongly correlated with stress, indicating a need to find the most restorative environments. A combination of Refuge, Nature and Rich in Species, and a low or no presence of Social, could be interpreted as the most restorative environment for stressed individuals. From a city planning perspective, the results indicate how urban green spaces can be viewed as elements of importance to public mental health. However, before the dimensions can be used by practitioners as tools to promote health through city planning, more research is needed."
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Grahn, P., and U. K. Stigsdotter. 2010. The relation between perceived sensory dimensions of urban green space and stress restoration. Landscape Urban Plan. 94(3-4):p. 264-275.
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DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2009.10.012
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