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Supportive nature - and stress

wellbeing in connection to our inner and outer landscape

Adevi, Anna A. (2012). Supportive nature - and stress. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2012:11
ISBN 978-91-576-7695-5
[Doctoral thesis]

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Many benefits are claimed for the interplay between humans and nature, such as nature’s potentially positive effect on wellbeing and health. The main aim with the present work was to increase the understanding of how nature nvironments can support and contribute to health improvement from stress related experiences.
Different landscape types’ effect on stress was studied in Sweden. Single case-studies focused on factors considered being essential in the recovery process for people
diagnosed with exhaustion disorder within a stress rehabilitation-program through garden therapy in Alnarp, Sweden. A simplified conclusion of the thesis would be
that the childhood landscape seems to play a significant role affecting the choice of the adult’s recreational setting - and recreational activity when stress is included.
People feel more at home in the type of landscape they grew up in and more often chose to settle down in this type of landscape; even if they have moved from their
childhood region. People also prefer qualities connected to their childhood landscape, but seem to attach more easily to qualities suggested having innate
significance. The stress-recovery process within the garden therapy seems to be supported, hastened and deepened because of a multisensory change in awareness
when contact with nature is combined with therapeutic interventions. Different psycho-physiological processes are discussed as well as the importance of self-chosen
places in the garden based on present mood and the significance of the interaction between symbolic and concrete activities. The garden, the caregivers, and the group of participants together make up an arena which combines structure with freedom of action, in which the participants get the chance to regulate their needs and
desires. Two hypotheses are presented, which might contribute to filling some current gaps in knowledge regarding the potential benefits of human interactions
with nature.

Authors/Creators:Adevi, Anna A.
Title:Supportive nature - and stress
Subtitle:wellbeing in connection to our inner and outer landscape
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2012
Number of Pages:120
IAdevi, A.A. & Grahn, P. (2011). Preferences for landscapes: A matter of cultural determinants or innate reflexes that point to our evolutionary background? Landscape Research, 37, pp. 1-23.
IIAdevi, A.A. & Grahn, P. (2011). Attachment to certain natural environments. A basis for choice of recreational settings, activities and restoration from stress? Environment and Natural Resources Research, 1, pp. 36-52.
IIIAdevi, A.A. & Lieberg, M. (2012). Stress Rehabilitation through garden therapy. A caregiver perspective on factors considered most essential to the recovery process. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 11, 1, pp. 51-58.
IVAdevi, A.A. & Martensson, F. (2012). Stress Rehabilitation through Garden Therapy. The garden as a place in the recovery from stress. Submitted to Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.
VAdevi, A.A., Uvnas-Moberg, K., Lavesson, L., & Grahn, P. (2012). Specially designed rehabilitation garden induces distinct behavioural changes in patients suffering from stress-related mental illness. Submitted for publication.
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Dept. of Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7695-5
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X38 Human medicine, health, and safety
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > SOCIAL SCIENCES > Social sciences > Psychology > Environmental psychology
Agrovoc terms:psychological factors, natural environment, stress, health care, therapy, gardening
Keywords:environmental psychology, supportive nature environments, stress, exhaustion disorder, garden therapy
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ID Code:8596
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology (until 2020)
Deposited By: PhDstudent Anna Adevi
Deposited On:14 Feb 2012 07:57
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:48

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