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Seeing community for the trees: the links among contact with natural environments, community cohesion, and crime

Weinstein, Netta, Balmford, Andrew, DeHaan, Cody R., Gladwell, Valerie, Bradbury, Richard B. and Amano, Tatsuya 2015. Seeing community for the trees: the links among contact with natural environments, community cohesion, and crime. BioScience 65 (12) , pp. 1141-1153. 10.1093/biosci/biv151

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Abstract

Individuals may be losing touch with nature as their contact with it decreases worldwide. Although the consequences for people's personal well-being outcomes are becoming well documented, there is almost no research examining the social correlates of contact with nature. This article used a large nationally representative sample to link objective (percent greenspace) and subjective measurements of contact with nature, community cohesion, and local crime incidence. The perceived quality, views, and amount of time spent in nature were linked to more community cohesion, and in turn, the perception of cohesive communities enhanced individual well-being outcomes and contributions back to society through higher workplace productivity and environmentally responsible behaviors. Our findings also indicated that local nature was linked to lower crime both directly and indirectly through its effects on community cohesion.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nature; Well-being; Community cohesion; Crime; SDT
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0006-3568
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 13:21
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/99724

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