Green place rather than green space as a health determinant: A 20-year scoping review

Yufang Zhang*, Yang Zhang, Terry van Dijk, Yu Yang

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Numerous scientific studies, applying different approaches, have provided evidence of the links between the environment and people's health. Green spaces have been the subject of research aimed at exploring their benefits as components of the urban environment. We investigated possible causal relationships between green spaces and health, with the aim of addressing the following question. Does the mere material presence of green spaces contribute to the health of people who live in its vicinity, or are the health-promoting qualities of green spaces attributed to the ability of people to actually see, access, and enjoy them? The latter view highlights the relational dimension of places, and it entails personal relationships with places which are imbued with psychological meaning and significance for those who visit and experience them. We reviewed relevant literature, comprising a total of 189 papers on this
Original languageEnglish
Article number113812
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Research
Issue number4
Early online date12-Aug-2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12-Aug-2022

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