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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(7), 7094-7115; doi:10.3390/ijerph110707094

The Journey of Recovery and Empowerment Embraced by Nature — Clients’ Perspectives on Nature-Based Rehabilitation in Relation to the Role of the Natural Environment

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Department of Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 88, SE-230 53 Alnarp, Sweden
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Department of Health Science Center, Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science, Lund University, P.O. Box 117, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Received: 13 March 2014 / Revised: 16 June 2014 / Accepted: 30 June 2014 / Published: 14 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Benefits of Nature)
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This paper presents findings from real life situations, a longitudinal single case study on the role of natural environments in nature-based rehabilitation (NBR) for individuals with stress-related mental disorders, at the Alnarp Rehabilitation Garden in Sweden. A sample of 43 former clients voluntarily participated in semi-structured interview, and the data were analyzed according to interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Three main superordinate themes were identified as the three phases of NBR—Prelude, Recuperating and Empowerment—explaining and illuminating the role of the natural environments in each phase. An explanatory model of NBR in this context is presented including the three phases of NBR, IRP supportive occupations and a pyramid of supporting environments. A new component of supportive environments was identified and herby named, Social quietness, an important component facilitating personal and intimate engagement with the natural environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: supportive environment; horticulture therapy; stress restoration; therapeutic landscape; evidence-based health design; social quietness supportive environment; horticulture therapy; stress restoration; therapeutic landscape; evidence-based health design; social quietness
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Pálsdóttir, A.M.; Persson, D.; Persson, B.; Grahn, P. The Journey of Recovery and Empowerment Embraced by Nature — Clients’ Perspectives on Nature-Based Rehabilitation in Relation to the Role of the Natural Environment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 7094-7115.

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