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Wellbeing in urban greenery: The role of naturalness and place identity
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Psychology.
Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden; Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 9, article id 491Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim was to investigate effects of urban greenery (high vs. low naturalness) on place identity and wellbeing, and the links between place identity and wellbeing. It was shown that participants (Gothenburg, Sweden, N = 1347) estimated a stronger attachment/closeness/belonging (emotional component of place-identity), and more remembrance and thinking about and mental travel (cognitive component of place-identity) in relation to high vs. low perceived naturalness. High naturalness was also reported to generate higher wellbeing in participants than low naturalness. Furthermore, place identity was shown to predict participants' wellbeing in urban greenery, accounting for 35% of variance explained by the regression. However, there was a stronger relationship between the emotional vs. the cognitive component of place identity and wellbeing. Finally, a significant role of place identity in mediating the naturalness-wellbeing relationship was shown, indicating that the naturalness-wellbeing connection can be partly accounted for by the psychological mechanisms of people-place bonding.

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Frontiers Media S.A. , 2018. Vol. 9, article id 491
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Affect-regulation, Naturalness, Place identity, Urban greenery, Wellbeing
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Applied Psychology Other Natural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26733DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00491ISI: 000429709700001PubMedID: 29695984Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85045254661OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-26733DiVA, id: diva2:1213047
Available from: 2018-06-04 Created: 2018-06-04 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved

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