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Nature-Based Stress Management Course for Individuals at Risk of Adverse Health Effects from Work-Related Stress

effects on Stress Related Symptoms, Workability and Sick Leave

Sahlin, Eva and Ahlborg Jr., Gunnar and Vega-Matuszczyk, Josefa and Grahn, Patrik (2014). Nature-Based Stress Management Course for Individuals at Risk of Adverse Health Effects from Work-Related Stress. International journal of environmental research and public health. 11:6, 6586-6611
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Abstract

Sick leave due to stress-related disorders is increasing in Sweden after a period of decrease. To avoid that individuals living under heavy stress develop more severe stress-related disorders, different stress management interventions are offered. Self-assessed health, burnout-scores and well-being are commonly used as outcome measures. Few studies have used sick-leave to compare effects of stress interventions. A new approach is to use nature and garden in a multimodal stress management context. This study aimed to explore effects on burnout, work ability, stress-related health symptoms, and sick leave for 33 women participating in a 12-weeks nature based stress management course and to investigate how the nature/garden activities were experienced. A mixed method approach was used. Measures were taken at course start and three follow-ups. Results showed decreased burnout-scores and long-term sick leaves, and increased work ability; furthermore less stress-related symptoms were reported. Tools and strategies to better handle stress were achieved and were widely at use at all follow-ups. The garden and nature content played an important role for stress relief and for tools and strategies to develop. The results from this study points to beneficial effects of using garden activities and natural environments in a stress management intervention.

Authors/Creators:Sahlin, Eva and Ahlborg Jr., Gunnar and Vega-Matuszczyk, Josefa and Grahn, Patrik
Title:Nature-Based Stress Management Course for Individuals at Risk of Adverse Health Effects from Work-Related Stress
Subtitle:effects on Stress Related Symptoms, Workability and Sick Leave
Series/Journal:International journal of environmental research and public health (10382270)
Year of publishing :2014
Volume:11
Number:6
Page range:6586-6611
Number of Pages:26
Publisher:MDPI AG
ISSN:1660-4601
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Keywords:nature-based therapy, garden activities, sleep quality, burnout, exhaustion disorder
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2264
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2264
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000338662600065
DOI10.3390/ijerph110606586
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ID Code:11542
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:15 Dec 2014 10:22
Metadata Last Modified:27 Dec 2014 04:17

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