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Unusual finding: Nature does NOT generally help human mental health

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The field—which combines psychology and environmental research—has produced numerous important studies detailing the benefits of nature, forests and parks on human well-being and mental health, including happiness, depression, and anxiety. The findings have been popularized by books like Your Brain on Nature and The Nature Fix, which champion the great outdoors’ health benefits.

But when University of Vermont researchers analyzed a decade of research from the field—174 peer-reviewed studies from 2010 to 2020—they found that study participants were overwhelmingly white, and that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities were strongly underrepresented. Over 95% of studies occurred in high-income Western nations in North America, Europe and East Asia—or Westernized nations such as South Africa—while research in the Global South was largely absent. Less than 4% of studies took place in medium-income nations, such as India, with no studies in low-income countries.

This narrow sample of humanity makes it difficult for the field to credibly make universal scientific claims, say the researchers, who published their findings today in Current Research in Environmental Sustainability.

University of Vermont, “Nature helps mental health, research says—but only for rich, white people?” at Eurekalert (May 6, 2022

The Woke are eating their own at a faster rate than ever.

The paper is open access.

2 Replies to “Unusual finding: Nature does NOT generally help human mental health

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    polistra says:

    Walking helps no matter where you are. Leg motion is leg motion whether you’re in a beautiful park or a grubby city.

    Official beauty is worse than irrelevant, because the official walking trails are far more dangerous than an ordinary neighborhood. Trails are convenience stores for predators and robbers. Neighborhoods are occupied and watched,, with very few places for a predator to hang around and wait for prey.

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    Latemarch says:

    Polistra @1
    Official beauty is worse than irrelevant, because the official walking trails are far more dangerous than an ordinary neighborhood.

    Apparently, you’ve never walked around in St. Louis “;^)

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