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Natural or Urban Campus Walks and Vitality in University Students: Exploratory Qualitative Findings from a Pilot Randomised Controlled Study

School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, T23 TK30 Cork, Ireland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 2003; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042003
Received: 26 November 2020 / Revised: 11 February 2021 / Accepted: 13 February 2021 / Published: 19 February 2021
Despite extensive evidence of the restorative effects of nature, the potential vitalizing effects of connecting with nature are yet understudied, particularly in higher education settings. University students face high levels of stress and anxiety, and may benefit from nature-based interventions that enhance positive states such as vitality. Using preliminary data from a pilot randomized controlled study with qualitative interviews, we explored the psychological experiences associated with a brief walk either in nature or an urban environment in a sample of 13 university students. The qualitative thematic analysis revealed that walking in nature was a more energizing and vitalizing experience than the urban walk. The nature walk was also found to have both affective and cognitive enhancing effects on participants. Our study highlights the usefulness of exploring subjective psychological experiences of interacting with nature, as well as supporting its restorative potential. Implications for further research and interventions are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: nature; vitality; energy; restoration; wellbeing; walking; health promotion; college students nature; vitality; energy; restoration; wellbeing; walking; health promotion; college students
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Shrestha, T.; Di Blasi, Z.; Cassarino, M. Natural or Urban Campus Walks and Vitality in University Students: Exploratory Qualitative Findings from a Pilot Randomised Controlled Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2003. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042003

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Shrestha T, Di Blasi Z, Cassarino M. Natural or Urban Campus Walks and Vitality in University Students: Exploratory Qualitative Findings from a Pilot Randomised Controlled Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(4):2003. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042003

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Shrestha, Topaz, Zelda Di Blasi, and Marica Cassarino. 2021. "Natural or Urban Campus Walks and Vitality in University Students: Exploratory Qualitative Findings from a Pilot Randomised Controlled Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 4: 2003. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042003

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