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Benefits Of Therapeutic Horticulture In Institutionalized Patients With Mental Health Disorders Within An Organic Environment

Mourão, Isabel; Mouro, Cláudia V.; Brito, L. Miguel; Fernandes, Luis P. and Almeida, Telma C. (2021) Benefits Of Therapeutic Horticulture In Institutionalized Patients With Mental Health Disorders Within An Organic Environment. Paper at: Organic World Congress 2021, Science Forum: 6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB, Rennes, France, 8 - 10 September, 2021. [Completed]

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Summary

Therapeutic horticulture (TH) is a non-pharmacological approach to assist other psychiatric treatments and should be carried out according to organic principles for health reasons. The benefits of TH in individuals with mental health conditions can be found in the literature. However, it is scarce the information to understand if TH activities have advantages when compared to more conventional occupational therapies (OT), and this is the main objective of the present study. It was led in a psychiatric hospital in Portugal with 25 patients attending TH amongst other OT and 15 patients attending only OT. The instruments used were two questionnaires of sociodemographic and clinical data and patients’ preferences, and two evaluation instruments, the ‘Subjective Happiness Scale’ (SHS) and the short form of the ‘Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale for Adults’ (SELSA-S).The scores of the SHS and SELSA-S were generally similar for TH and OT groups, except the 'optimism about life' with a lower optimistic perception of life for the TH patients. It was found that the activities of TH were preferred to other OT by 48% of the patients in the TH group. The changes perceived by some of these TH patients included the perception of feeling more relaxed and happier. In this group, a greater number of days per week with activities provided lower loneliness and a greater happiness perspective compared to peers. For all patients, visits by family or friends also had a positive effect as revealed by the lower level of family emotional loneliness, compared to patients without visits. The findings and the benefits reported in the literature suggest that TH is an integrative treatment option, which merits further study and can be better tailored to maximize TH effectiveness.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Therapeutic horticulture, Mental health conditions, Subjective happiness, Social and emotional loneliness
Subjects: Food systems
Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2021: Organic World Congress, Science Forum: 6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB > Ecological approaches to systems' health
Portugal
Deposited By: rey, m. frederic
ID Code:42151
Deposited On:07 Sep 2021 13:12
Last Modified:07 Sep 2021 13:12
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:A book of abstracts of papers of the Science Forum at the Organic World Congress 2021, September 8-10, Online and on-site in Rennes, France '6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB' has been published

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