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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Sarah Böhm (2015): Die restorativen Effekte von Badeplätzen in Abhängigkeit Ihrer Natürlichkeit Ein Vergleich von vier Wiener Badeplätzen.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsentwicklung, Erholungs- und Naturschutzplanung (ILEN), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 180. UB BOKU obvsg

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Natural environments have a large potential for recreation and health effects, so-called restorative effects. Landscapes with water, also named as blue-green spaces, have a stress-reducing effect. In the literature, no study can be found, which combines and studies the research field of blue-green spaces with varying degrees of naturalness. Purpose of this thesis is therefore to explore whether bathing places have a restorative effect and if there are differences between natural and unnatural bathing areas. The analysis also includes potential factors that may affect restoration as disturbance, place attachment, affinity to nature, perceived number of visitors (crowding) as well as subjective well-being. In total 431 visitors at four bathing areas in Vienna with varying degrees of naturalness (natural distance till natural) are asked in by use of standardized questionnaires on site according to their subjective well-being and landscape experience. The results show a restorative effect of bathing places, while natural bathing areas feature a stronger recovery effect as nature-distant bathing places. Until the factor coherence, the landscape experience increases with the degree of naturalness. Unnatural bathing places affect despite of the lower recreational effect positively on subjective well-being. The visitors feel potential disturbances hardly to not disturbing and with increasing disturbance intensity, the bathing place is perceived chaotic and confusing. The visitors at the natural bathing place have a higher affinity to nature and place attachment as well as a more positive subjective well-being. Crowding has no influence on the subjective well-being and satisfaction with the stay; it is classified by people with an affinity to nature rather than too high. Crowding leads to an increased perception of chaos, disturbance and confusion at the bathing place.

Beurteilende(r): Arnberger Arne

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