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We provide detailed summaries and citations for peer-reviewed research articles as well as links to those that are publicly available, or to publishers’ websites when not publicly available. Access via an educational institution or payment may be required in some cases to access full studies and source documents.

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Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective

An ecosystem service perspective may help decision makers anticipate the mental health impacts of decisions they make relating to the environment

Nature-based interventions for improving health and wellbeing: The purpose, the people and the outcomes

Nature–based health interventions take a variety of forms, are designed around a range of health and well-being goals, and target different groups of people

The role of the physical environment in adolescent mental health

Adolescents’ subjective perceptions of their neighborhoods, rather than objective measures, are linked to their mental health and well-being

Mental, physical and social health benefits of immersive nature-experiences for children and adolescents: A systematic review and quality assessment of the evidence

Immersive nature-experiences are linked to positive changes in children’s mental, physical, and social health

Low childhood nature exposure is associated with worse mental health in adulthood

Low exposure to natural outdoor environments during childhood is associated with worse mental well-being in adulthood

A narrative and systematic review of the behavioural, cognitive and emotional effects of passive nature exposure on young people: Evidence for prescribing change

Children can experience the health and well-being benefits of nature through both active nature engagement and passive nature exposure.

Strengthening animal-human relationships as a doorway to Indigenous holistic wellness

Animal-human relationship stories attest to the important role animals play in the holistic health of Indigenous peoples

Reimagining miyo-wicehtowin: Human-nature relations, land-making, and wellness among indigenous youth in a Canadian urban context

Wellness and cultural identity can be strengthened for urban Indigenous youth by providing improved access to green spaces in the cities where they live

Residential greenspace association with childhood behavioral outcomes

The association of residential greenness with behavioral outcomes depends on age and distance of green space from homes

Impact of green space exposure on children's and adolescents' mental health: A systematic review

Associations between green space exposure and the mental health of children and adolescents warrant the attention of policy makers, urban planners and mental health professionals

Not a level playing field: A qualitative study exploring structural, community and individual determinants of greenspace use amongst low-income multi-ethnic families

Structural, community and individual factors influence greenspace use among low-income multi-ethnic families

Gray space and green space proximity associated with higher anxiety in youth with autism

Children with autism might experience the stress-reducing benefits of nature differently than their typically developing peers

'Nature makes people happy, that's what it sort of means:' Children's definitions and perceptions of nature in rural Northwestern Ontario

Rural Canadian children are aware of the mental health benefits of nature engagement and are pro-active in turning to nature to experience these benefits

The effects of an Urban Forest Health Intervention Program on physical activity, substance abuse, psychosomatic symptoms, and life satisfaction among adolescents

An urban forest program promotes physical activity and decreases risky behavior in at-risk adolescents

The relationship between surrounding greenness in childhood and adolescence and depressive symptoms in adolescence and early childhood

Greater surrounding greenness during childhood and adolescence may provide some mental health benefits, especially for people living in high population density areas

A systematic review of the psychological, social, and educational outcomes associated with participation in wildland recreational activities

Individuals participating in wildland recreation experience multiple psychological, social, and educational benefits

The effects of a health promotion program using urban forests and nursing student mentors on the perceived and psychological health of elementary school children in vulnerable populations

A health promotion program combining forest therapy and nursing student mentors increased children’s self-esteem and decreased depression

Wilderness therapy intervention with adolescents: Exploring the process of change

The environment plays a key role in the change that occurs in adolescents as they participate in a Wilderness Therapy program

A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: Synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence

School gardens benefit students and adults in various ways, yet more robust evidence is needed to promote school gardening programs as public health interventions

Urban green space and its impact on human health

Urban green space exposure is linked to improved human health and decreased community violence

Animal-assisted social skills training for children with autism spectrum disorders

Incorporating dogs into social skills training programs may decrease both social skill deficits and symptoms of depression in children with autism spectrum disorders

The health benefits of nature-based solutions to urbanization challenges for children and the elderly -- A systematic review

Research shows trends toward positive associations between urban green and blue spaces and health in children and the elderly, but results are inconclusive

The effects of preferred natural stimuli on humans' affective states, physiological stress and mental health, and their potential implications for well-being in captive animals

Humans’ attraction for natural environments and the processes through which humans benefit from natural stimuli are largely innate and could apply to other species

A review of the benefits of nature experiences: More than meets the eye

Investigations into the benefits of nature to humans should consider how such benefits are delivered through the full range of our senses

The role of public and private natural space in children's social, emotional, and behavioural development in Scotland: A longitudinal study

Neighborhood natural space may reduce social, emotional and behavioral difficulties for 4–6 year olds, but private garden access may be the most beneficial

Nature contact and human health: A research agenda

A multidisciplinary team of scholars developed a research agenda to further the evidence of the health benefits of contact with nature

Effects of interactions with animals on human psychological distress

Human-animal interaction research needs to address methodological limitations and expand the focus beyond treatment-outcome studies

Does the health impact of exposure to neighourhood green space differ between population groups? An explorative study in four European cities

The extent to which neighborhood green space impacts health for lower educated groups may depend on the urbanicity of the area


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