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Study on the Impact of Residential Outdoor Environments on Mood in the Elderly in Guangzhou, China

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College of Forestry and Landscape Architecture, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
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School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084, China
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School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
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Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3933; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093933
Received: 24 March 2020 / Revised: 7 May 2020 / Accepted: 8 May 2020 / Published: 11 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
Understanding the relationship between mood and the environment among the elderly is important for the healthy aging agenda. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between residential outdoor environments of different qualities and mood in the elderly. Nine residential neighborhoods across three different quality levels of the outdoor environment in Guangzhou, China, were surveyed. Measures included demographic characteristics, assessment of the residential outdoor environment, and mood status of the elderly. We constructed a group of multiple regression models to investigate influencing environmental factors of participants’ mood. Results revealed that the environmental factors influencing mood in the elderly are different across the three types of residential outdoor environments: function and cleanliness of the site showed a significant correlation with mood in high-quality residences, while pavement was significantly correlated with mood in medium-quality residences. In contrast, transparency, enclosure, greenness, temperature, and humidity were significantly correlated with mood in poor-quality residences. To promote mental health in the elderly, we recommend that different qualities of residential outdoor environments should be considered individually rather than aggregated as simply “outdoor space.” The findings of this study are expected to contribute to create age-friendly communities for an aging society. View Full-Text
Keywords: mood; the elderly; residential outdoor environment mood; the elderly; residential outdoor environment
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Chen, C.; Luo, W.; Kang, N.; Li, H.; Yang, X.; Xia, Y. Study on the Impact of Residential Outdoor Environments on Mood in the Elderly in Guangzhou, China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 3933. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093933

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Chen C, Luo W, Kang N, Li H, Yang X, Xia Y. Study on the Impact of Residential Outdoor Environments on Mood in the Elderly in Guangzhou, China. Sustainability. 2020; 12(9):3933. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093933

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Chen, Chongxian; Luo, Weijing; Kang, Ning; Li, Haiwei; Yang, Xiaohao; Xia, Yu. 2020. "Study on the Impact of Residential Outdoor Environments on Mood in the Elderly in Guangzhou, China" Sustainability 12, no. 9: 3933. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093933

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