An exploration of the relationships between adults' childhood and current nature exposure and their mental well-being

Pensini, Pamela, Horn, Eva, and Caltabiano, Nerina (2016) An exploration of the relationships between adults' childhood and current nature exposure and their mental well-being. Children, Youth and Environments, 26 (1). pp. 125-147.

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Abstract

This study explores the relationships between adults’ childhood nature exposure (NE), current NE, and mental well-being. Correlational data from two countries (Australia and Germany) found positive relationships between both childhood and current NE and numerous mental well-being indicators. However, the contribution of childhood NE was indirect, through its relationship to current NE. The German study also assessed ecological behavior and connectedness to nature, and although childhood NE maintained a marginal relation to both these variables, current NE was also precedent in these domains. The relationships between NE and mental well-being and ecological behavior were both mediated by connectedness to nature. Thus, for the mental well-being of humans and protection of the earth, nature exposure should be encouraged and maintained later in life

Item ID: 47270
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1546-2250
Keywords: nature exposure, mental well-being, nature, connectedness to nature, ecological behavior
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Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 05:27
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 80%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 20%
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