Nearby Nature

  title={Nearby Nature},
  author={N. Wells and G. Evans},
  journal={Environment and Behavior},
  pages={311 - 330}
Identifying mechanisms that buffer children from life's stress and adversity is an important empirical and practical concern. This study focuses on nature as a buffer of life stress among rural children. To examine whether vegetation near the residential environment might buffer or moderate the impact of stressful life events on children's psychological well-being, data were collected from 337 rural children in Grades 3 through 5 (mean age=9.2 years). Dependent variables include a standard… Expand
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