Characterizing Nature and Participant Experience in Studies of Nature Exposure for Positive Mental Health: An Integrative Review

  title={Characterizing Nature and Participant Experience in Studies of Nature Exposure for Positive Mental Health: An Integrative Review},
  author={Michael R. Barnes and Marie L. Donahue and Bonnie L. Keeler and Cameron M. Shorb and Tara Z. Mohtadi and Lacy J. Shelby},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
A growing number of studies demonstrate significant associations between nature experiences and positive mental health outcomes (e.g., improved mood, decreased stress). However, implementation of this research by practitioners in fields such as urban design or public health has been limited. One reason for this is that it remains unclear what elements of nature and types of participant experience are consistently associated with mental health benefits. As a result, decision-makers who aim to… 

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