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Psychosocial Outcomes as Motivations for Visiting Nearby Urban Green Spaces

Home, Robert; Hunziker, Marcel and Bauer, Nicole (2012) Psychosocial Outcomes as Motivations for Visiting Nearby Urban Green Spaces. Leisure Sciences, 34, pp. 350-365.

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High-density urban living means that urban green spaces are important nodes of contact with nature. This study examines expected outcomes that motivate people to seek green spaces in urban settings. A sample of Swiss residents were presented with Shin, Kwon, Hammitt, and Kim's (2005) psychosocial outcomes scale and asked which activities they choose to undertake in nearby natural areas. The most important motivations for visiting nearby green spaces were related to restoration, with social bonding as a desirable side benefit. There were few observable differences between urban and rural residents and level of education attained. Older people are motivated to visit nearby green spaces by the wish to seek social contact while younger people are motivated by the wish to seek escape and to reflect. This study contributes to the understanding of the psychosocial outcomes that residents expect from engaging in an activity in an urban green space.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:motivations, psychosocial outcomes, urban green spaces, Department of Socio-Economic Sceinces, Innovatin in Agriculture
Agrovoc keywords:
socio-economic development -> socioeconomic development
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Environmental aspects > Landscape and recreation
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Rural sociology
Switzerland > Other organizations
ISSN:0149-0400 print / 1521-0588 online
Deposited By: Home, Dr Robert
ID Code:28898
Deposited On:02 Jun 2015 11:12
Last Modified:15 Mar 2022 10:40
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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