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The Human-Nature Relationship and its impact on health: A critical review

Seymour, VI; (2016) The Human-Nature Relationship and its impact on health: A critical review. Frontiers in Public Health , 4 , Article 260. 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00260. Green open access

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Abstract

Within the past four decades, research has been increasingly drawn toward understanding whether there is a link between the changing human–nature relationship and its impact on people’s health. However, to examine whether there is a link requires research of its breadth and underlying mechanisms from an interdisciplinary approach. This article begins by reviewing the debates concerning the human–nature relationship, which are then critiqued and redefined from an interdisciplinary perspective. The concept and chronological history of “health” is then explored, based on the World Health Organization’s definition. Combining these concepts, the human–nature relationship and its impact on human’s health are then explored through a developing conceptual model. It is argued that using an interdisciplinary perspective can facilitate a deeper understanding of the complexities involved for attaining optimal health at the human–environmental interface.

Type: Article
Title: The Human-Nature Relationship and its impact on health: A critical review
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00260
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00260
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Seymour. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Keywords: Human health, Human-Nature Relationship, Natural environment, Interdisciplinary
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1528788
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