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Seeing Community for the Trees: The Links among Contact with Natural Environments, Community Cohesion, and Crime

Weinstein, N and Balmford, A and DeHaan, CR and Gladwell, V and Bradbury, RB and Amano, T (2015) 'Seeing Community for the Trees: The Links among Contact with Natural Environments, Community Cohesion, and Crime.' Bioscience, 65 (12). 1141 - 1153. ISSN 0006-3568

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Abstract

Individuals may be losing touch with nature as their contact with it decreases worldwide. Although the consequences for people's personal well-being outcomes are becoming well documented, there is almost no research examining the social correlates of contact with nature. This article used a large nationally representative sample to link objective (percent greenspace) and subjective measurements of contact with nature, community cohesion, and local crime incidence. The perceived quality, views, and amount of time spent in nature were linked to more community cohesion, and in turn, the perception of cohesive communities enhanced individual well-being outcomes and contributions back to society through higher workplace productivity and environmentally responsible behaviors. Our findings also indicated that local nature was linked to lower crime both directly and indirectly through its effects on community cohesion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nature, well-being, community cohesion, crime, SDT
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 15:43
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 10:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15729

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