Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12259/101530
Type of publication: Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science ar/ir Scopus / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science or / and Scopus (S1)
Field of Science: Visuomenės sveikata / Public health (M004);Ekologija ir aplinkotyra / Ecology and environmental sciences (N012)
Author(s): Preuß, Myriam;Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark J;Marquez, Sandra;Cirach, Marta;Dadvand, Payam;Triguero-Mas, Margarita;Gidlow, Christopher;Gražulevičienė, Regina;Kruize, Hanneke;Zijlema, Wilma
Title: Low childhood nature exposure is associated with worse mental health in adulthood
Is part of: International journal of environmental research and public health. Basel : Molecular diversity preservation international (MDPI), 2019, vol. 16, iss. 10
Extent: p. 1-18
Date: 2019
Note: Article Number: 1809
Keywords: Childhood nature exposure;Natural outdoor environments;Mental health;Green space;Nature perception
Abstract: Exposure to natural outdoor environments (NOE) is associated with health benefits; however, evidence on the impact of NOE exposure during childhood on mental health (MH) and vitality in adulthood is scarce. This study was based on questionnaire data collected from 3585 participants, aged 18-75, in the PHENOTYPE project (2013) in four European cities. Mixed models were used to investigate associations between childhood NOE exposure and (i) MH; (ii) vitality (perceived level of energy and fatigue); and (iii) potential mediation by perceived amount, use, satisfaction, importance of NOE, and residential surrounding greenness, using pooled and city-level data. Adults with low levels of childhood NOE exposure had, when compared to adults with high levels of childhood NOE exposure, significantly worse mental health (coef. -4.13; 95% CI -5.52, -2.74). Childhood NOE exposure was not associated with vitality. Low levels of childhood NOE exposure were associated with lower importance of NOE (OR 0.81; 95% CI 0.66, 0.98) in adulthood. The association with perceived amount of NOE differed between cities. We found no evidence for mediation. Childhood NOE exposure might be associated with mental well-being in adulthood. Further studies are needed to confirm these findings and to identify mechanisms underlying long-term benefits of childhood NOE exposure
Internet: https://www.vdu.lt/cris/bitstream/20.500.12259/101530/2/ISSN1660-4601_2019_V_16_10.PG_1-18.pdf
https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12259/101530
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101809
Affiliation(s): Aplinkotyros katedra
Gamtos mokslų fakultetas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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