Special Issue "Health Benefits of Nature"

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A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Mardie Townsend
School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Vic. 3125, Australia
Website: http://www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs/staff/bio/mardie.pdf
E-Mail: mardie.townsend@deakin.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9251 7278
Fax: +61 3 9244 6261
Interests: the links between human health and contact with nature/natural environments; ecological/social sustainability and health; including climate change and its impacts on health; social capital and its influence on health; and building healthy housing and neighbourhoods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over recent years, there has been a growing acknowledgement of the importance of nature and the natural environment as a determinant of human health and wellbeing. While the World Health Organization attributes more than 25% of the world’s disease burden to environmental factors, this figure really only refers to the impacts of environmental degradation – pollution, resource depletion, loss of species diversity, climate change and the like. In fact, in developed societies, the issue of environmental deprivation is at least as important as environmental degradation. Research has shown that separation from nature is implicated in declining physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. This issue will highlight research evidence to confirm such links, as well as strategies which have been, are being or could be applied to address the problems associated with nature deprivation and/or to capitalise on human links with nature. Research papers, analytical reviews, case studies, reflections on practice (clinical or non-clinical), policy analysis and frameworks for action are solicited.

Dr. Mardie Townsend
Guest Editor

Submission

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • environmental degradation
  • environmental deprivation
  • nature deficit disorder
  • healthy parks, healthy people
  • parks and health
  • green spaces and health
  • gardens and health
  • urban planning and health
  • nature-based therapy
  • horticulture therapy
  • animal assisted therapy

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p. 7977-7992
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(8), 7977-7992; doi:10.3390/ijerph110807977
Received: 16 June 2014; in revised form: 25 July 2014 / Accepted: 31 July 2014 / Published: 7 August 2014
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p. 7207-7230
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(7), 7207-7230; doi:10.3390/ijerph110707207
Received: 6 June 2014; in revised form: 22 June 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 15 July 2014
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p. 7094-7115
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(7), 7094-7115; doi:10.3390/ijerph110707094
Received: 13 March 2014; in revised form: 16 June 2014 / Accepted: 30 June 2014 / Published: 14 July 2014
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p. 6757-6770
by , , , , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(7), 6757-6770; doi:10.3390/ijerph110706757
Received: 28 April 2014; in revised form: 12 June 2014 / Accepted: 20 June 2014 / Published: 27 June 2014
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p. 6586-6611
by , Jr.,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(6), 6586-6611; doi:10.3390/ijerph110606586
Received: 14 April 2014; in revised form: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 12 June 2014 / Published: 23 June 2014
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p. 6171-6192
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(6), 6171-6192; doi:10.3390/ijerph110606171
Received: 25 March 2014; in revised form: 21 May 2014 / Accepted: 31 May 2014 / Published: 12 June 2014
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p. 5445-5461
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(5), 5445-5461; doi:10.3390/ijerph110505445
Received: 1 April 2014; in revised form: 12 May 2014 / Accepted: 14 May 2014 / Published: 19 May 2014
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p. 3678-3688
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(4), 3678-3688; doi:10.3390/ijerph110403678
Received: 15 February 2014; in revised form: 26 March 2014 / Accepted: 26 March 2014 / Published: 2 April 2014
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p. 1005-1019
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(1), 1005-1019; doi:10.3390/ijerph110101005
Received: 5 November 2013; in revised form: 19 December 2013 / Accepted: 20 December 2013 / Published: 10 January 2014
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p. 5603-5628
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(11), 5603-5628; doi:10.3390/ijerph10115603
Received: 13 April 2013; in revised form: 22 September 2013 / Accepted: 18 October 2013 / Published: 29 October 2013
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p. 4086-4103
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(9), 4086-4103; doi:10.3390/ijerph10094086
Received: 2 August 2013; in revised form: 14 August 2013 / Accepted: 15 August 2013 / Published: 2 September 2013
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p. 1250-1267
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(4), 1250-1267; doi:10.3390/ijerph10041250
Received: 15 February 2013; in revised form: 18 March 2013 / Accepted: 18 March 2013 / Published: 26 March 2013
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p. 913-935
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(3), 913-935; doi:10.3390/ijerph10030913
Received: 5 December 2012; in revised form: 6 February 2013 / Accepted: 26 February 2013 / Published: 6 March 2013
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p. 417-442
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(1), 417-442; doi:10.3390/ijerph10010417
Received: 3 December 2012; in revised form: 11 January 2013 / Accepted: 15 January 2013 / Published: 22 January 2013
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p. 4615-4625
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(12), 4615-4625; doi:10.3390/ijerph9124615
Received: 26 October 2012; in revised form: 30 November 2012 / Accepted: 30 November 2012 / Published: 10 December 2012
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p. 3227-3244
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(9), 3227-3244; doi:10.3390/ijerph9093227
Received: 25 June 2012; in revised form: 14 August 2012 / Accepted: 21 August 2012 / Published: 5 September 2012
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