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Mapping the Solastalgia Literature: A Scoping Review Study

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Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada
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Faculty for Natural Sciences, Kristianstad University, 291 88 Kristianstad, Sweden
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Faculty for Teacher Training, Kristianstad University, 291 88 Kristianstad, Sweden
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Weave Collaborative, Duluth, MN 55805, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2662; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152662
Received: 3 July 2019 / Revised: 22 July 2019 / Accepted: 22 July 2019 / Published: 25 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Environment-Health-Place Nexus)
Solastalgia is a relatively new concept for understanding the links between human and ecosystem health, specifically, the cumulative impacts of climatic and environmental change on mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Given the speed and scale of climate change alongside biodiversity loss, pollution, deforestation, unbridled resource extraction, and other environmental challenges, more and more people will experience solastalgia. This study reviewed 15 years of scholarly literature on solastalgia using a scoping review process. Our goal was to advance conceptual clarity, synthesize the literature, and identify priorities for future research. Four specific questions guided the review process: (1) How is solastalgia conceptualized and applied in the literature?; (2) How is solastalgia experienced and measured in the literature?; (3) How is ‘place’ understood in the solastalgia literature?; and (4) Does the current body of literature on solastalgia engage with Indigenous worldviews and experiences? Overall, we find there is a need for additional research employing diverse methodologies, across a greater diversity of people and places, and conducted in collaboration with affected populations and potential knowledge, alongside greater attention to the practical implications and applications of solastalgia research. We also call for continued efforts to advance conceptual clarity and theoretical foundations. Key outcomes of this study include our use of the landscape construct in relation to solastalgia and a call to better understand Indigenous peoples’ lived experiences of landscape transformation and degradation in the context of historical traumas. View Full-Text
Keywords: solastalgia; mental health; emotional health; place; climate change; environmental change; landscape solastalgia; mental health; emotional health; place; climate change; environmental change; landscape
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Galway, L.P.; Beery, T.; Jones-Casey, K.; Tasala, K. Mapping the Solastalgia Literature: A Scoping Review Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2662.

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