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Elevating the Role of the Outdoor Environment for Adolescent Wellbeing in Everyday Life

Wales, Mark and Mårtensson, Fredrika and Hoff, Eva and Jansson, Märit (2022). Elevating the Role of the Outdoor Environment for Adolescent Wellbeing in Everyday Life. Frontiers in Psychology. 13 , 774592
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Abstract

In light of concerns about adolescent mental health, there is a need to identify and examine potential pathways to wellbeing in their daily lives. Outdoor environments can offer multiple pathways to wellbeing through opportunities for restoration, physical activity and socialising. However, urbanisation and new lifestyles revolving around the home and the internet are changing young people's access, use and relationship to the outdoor environment. The authors point out how the research related to adolescents' outdoor environments is generally not treated with the same level of importance or as comprehensively as that for younger children. The aim of this paper is to pave the way for research and planning initiatives on everyday outdoor environments promoting the wellbeing of adolescents and the authors suggest ways in which perspectives from developmental psychology might inform the study of adolescents' outdoor environments. The paper concludes by calling for an elevated focus on the role of outdoor environments in adolescents' everyday lives as a source of wellbeing and more research that makes clear the specific attributes, activities and experiences related to places outdoors which make adolescents feel good.

Authors/Creators:Wales, Mark and Mårtensson, Fredrika and Hoff, Eva and Jansson, Märit
Title:Elevating the Role of the Outdoor Environment for Adolescent Wellbeing in Everyday Life
Series Name/Journal:Frontiers in Psychology
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:13
Article number:774592
Number of Pages:7
Publisher:FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
ISSN:1664-1078
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 501 Psychology > Applied Psychology
Keywords:public open space (POS), urban planning and design, adolescent development, youth-friendly environments, environmental psychology, salutogenic affordances, independent mobility, ecological systems approach
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116750
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116750
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DOI10.3389/fpsyg.2022.774592
Web of Science (WoS)000773218800001
ID Code:27610
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of People and Society (from 2021)
(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:25 Apr 2022 13:25
Metadata Last Modified:25 Apr 2022 13:31

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