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The Relationship between Social Cohesion and Urban Green Space: An Avenue for Health Promotion

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Southern Research Station, Integrating Human and Natural Systems, USDA Forest Service, 320 Green Street, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(3), 452; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030452
Received: 15 October 2018 / Revised: 28 January 2019 / Accepted: 29 January 2019 / Published: 4 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
Social cohesion involves the interpersonal dynamics and sense of connection among people. Increased social cohesion can be associated with various physical and psychological health benefits. The presence of urban green spaces can encourage positive social interactions that cultivate social cohesion in ways that enhance health and well-being. Urban green spaces have also been linked to positive health behaviors and outcomes including increased physical activity and social engagement. Understanding the relationship between social cohesion and urban green space is important for informing holistic approaches to health. In this article, we discuss how positive interactions in urban green space can catalyze social cohesion, social capital and critical health-promoting behaviors that may enhance psychological health and well-being. We also summarize the strengths and limitations of previous studies and suggest directions for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: green space; social cohesion; public health; social capital; nature; ecosystem services green space; social cohesion; public health; social capital; nature; ecosystem services
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Jennings, V.; Bamkole, O. The Relationship between Social Cohesion and Urban Green Space: An Avenue for Health Promotion. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 452.

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