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Is a View of Green Spaces from Home Associated with a Lower Risk of Anxiety and Depression?

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Health and Territory Research, Department of Physical Geography and Regional Geographic Analysis, Universidad de Sevilla, Doña María de Padilla s/n, 41004 Seville, Spain
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Department of Geography, Maynooth University, W23 F2H6 Maynooth, Ireland
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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7014; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197014
Received: 17 August 2020 / Revised: 17 September 2020 / Accepted: 20 September 2020 / Published: 25 September 2020
Although a large body of research supports the theory that exposure to nature results in mental health benefits, research evidence on the effects of having a view of green space from home is still scarce. The aim of the present study is to assess the impact that access to a green space view from home has on anxiety and depression. This is a cross-sectional study extracting data from the “2018 Green Spaces, Daily Habits and Urban Health Survey” conducted in Carmona (Spain). The study included variables on sociodemographic and lifestyle, view of green spaces from home, self-perceived health status, and risk of anxiety and depression measured using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Chi-square tests were used to assess variable’s associations and a multiple linear regression models used to identify the variables explaining the risk of anxiety and depression, taking into account sociodemographic characteristics, frequency of visits and view of green spaces from home. According to our results, adults who enjoy a view of green spaces from home have a lower risk of anxiety and depression. View Full-Text
Keywords: anxiety; depression; urban green spaces; view from home anxiety; depression; urban green spaces; view from home
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Braçe, O.; Garrido-Cumbrera, M.; Foley, R.; Correa-Fernández, J.; Suárez-Cáceres, G.; Lafortezza, R. Is a View of Green Spaces from Home Associated with a Lower Risk of Anxiety and Depression? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7014.

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