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How do Front Gardens Influence Health and Well-being?

Chalmin-Pui, Lauriane Suyin (2019) How do Front Gardens Influence Health and Well-being? PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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There is strong evidence for the benefits of gardens and other green spaces on human health and well-being. As front gardens (yards) are increasingly being paved over, this research evaluates how front garden landscapes can influence human health and well-being. Building on Attention Restoration Theory (Kaplan and Kaplan, 1989) and Stress Reduction Theory (Ulrich, 1983; Ulrich et al. 1991), the psycho-socio-cultural values of front gardens are examined across four distinct studies. The interdisciplinary approach uses a quasi-experimental design and mixed-methods including focus groups, questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, and sampling of salivary cortisol. Conclusions drawn from the findings have implications for horticulture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and public health fields. Recommendations for policy-makers, decision-makers, and funding bodies are developed to integrate the value of front gardens in their work, particularly when dealing with front garden paving regulations, future housing developments, and streetscape greenery.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: front gardens, stress, well-being, cortisol, urban green space
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Landscape (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Ms Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2020 14:23
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2020 14:23
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/26314

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