A framework to assess where and how children connect to nature

Author(s): Giusti, M., Svane, U., Raymond, C. M., & Beery, T. H.
In: Frontiers in Psychology, 8(JAN), [2283]. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02283
Year: 2018
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Urban
Full reference: Giusti, M., Svane, U., Raymond, C. M., & Beery, T. H. 2018. A framework to assess where and how children connect to nature. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(JAN), [2283]. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02283

Summary

 The design of the green infrastructure in urban areas largely ignores how people's relation to nature, or human-nature connection (HNC), can be nurtured. One practical reason for this is the lack of a framework to guide the assessment of where people, and more importantly children, experience significant nature situations and establish nature routines. This paper develops such a framework. We employed a mixed-method approach to understand what qualities of nature situations connect children to nature (RQ1), what constitutes children's HNC (RQ2), and how significant nature situations and children's HNC relate to each other over time (RQ3).

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