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The role of soundscape in nature-based rehabilitation: a patient perspective

Cerwén, Gunnar and Pedersen, Eja and Palsdottir, Anna Maria (2016). The role of soundscape in nature-based rehabilitation: a patient perspective. International journal of environmental research and public health. 13:12, 1-18
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13121229

Abstract

Nature-based rehabilitation (NBR) has convincing support in research, yet the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. The present study sought to increase understanding of the role of soundscapes in NBR, an aspect paid little attention thus far. Transcribed interviews with 59 patients suffering from stress-related mental disorders and undergoing a 12-week therapy programme in the rehabilitation garden in Alnarp, Sweden, were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenology Analysis (IPA). Described sounds were categorised as natural, technological or human. The results showed that patients frequently referred to natural sounds as being part of a pleasant and "quiet" experience that supported recovery and induced "soft fascination". Technological sounds were experienced as disturbing, while perception of human sounds varied depending on loudness and the social context. The study further uncovered how sound influenced patients' behaviour and experiences in the garden, through examination of three cross-theme dimensions that materialised in the study; sound in relation to overall perception, sound in relation to garden usage, and increased susceptibility to sound. The findings are discussed in relation to NBR; the need for a more nuanced understanding of susceptibility to sound among people suffering from mental fatigue was identified and design considerations for future rehabilitation gardens were formulated.

Authors/Creators:Cerwén, Gunnar and Pedersen, Eja and Palsdottir, Anna Maria
Title:The role of soundscape in nature-based rehabilitation: a patient perspective
Series/Journal:International journal of environmental research and public health (1660-4601)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:13
Number:12
Page range:1-18
Number of Pages:18
Publisher:MDPI
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Built Environment
ISSN:1660-4601
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X38 Human medicine, health, and safety
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Environmental Health and Occupational Health
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Keywords:garden therapy, soundscape, design, health, mental restoration, nature-based rehabilitation, soft fascination, horticulture therapy, therapeutic landscape
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4129
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4129
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000389571900056
DOIUNSPECIFIED
ID Code:14268
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology
(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:26 Apr 2017 13:06
Metadata Last Modified:26 Apr 2017 13:06

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