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dc.contributor.authorMcEwan, Kirsten
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Miles
dc.contributor.authorSheffield, David
dc.contributor.authorFerguson, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorBrindley, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-09T14:37:38Z
dc.date.available2019-10-09T14:37:38Z
dc.date.issued2019-09-12
dc.identifier.citationMcEwan, K., Richardson, M., Sheffield, D., Ferguson, F.J. and Brindley, P. (2019). 'A smartphone app for improving mental health through connecting with urban nature'. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(18), pp, 1-15. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16183373en_US
dc.identifier.issn16617827
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ijerph16183373
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/624214
dc.description.abstractIn an increasingly urbanised world where mental health is currently in crisis, interventions to increase human engagement and connection with the natural environment are one of the fastest growing, most widely accessible, and cost-effective ways of improving human wellbeing. This study aimed to provide an evaluation of a smartphone app-based wellbeing intervention. In a randomised controlled trial study design, the app prompted 582 adults, including a subgroup of adults classified by baseline scores on the Recovering Quality of Life scale as having a common mental health problem (n = 148), to notice the good things about urban nature (intervention condition) or built spaces (active control). There were statistically significant and sustained improvements in wellbeing at one-month follow-up. Importantly, in the noticing urban nature condition, compared to a built space control, improvements in quality of life reached statistical significance for all adults and clinical significance for those classified as having a mental health difficulty. This improvement in wellbeing was partly explained by significant increases in nature connectedness and positive affect. This study provides the first controlled experimental evidence that noticing the good things about urban nature has strong clinical potential as a wellbeing intervention and social prescription.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNERCen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMDPIen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/18/3373en_US
dc.subjectmental healthen_US
dc.subjectwellbeingen_US
dc.subjectgreen spaceen_US
dc.subjectmobile appen_US
dc.subjectnature connectednessen_US
dc.subjectsocial prescriptionen_US
dc.titleA smartphone app for improving mental health through connecting with urban natureen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn16604601
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Sheffielden_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healthen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-09-07
refterms.dateFOA2019-10-09T14:37:39Z
dc.author.detail780504en_US


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