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Nevena Nikolic (2020): Health effects of urban green spaces: A comparative study between Belgrade and Vienna.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsentwicklung, Erholungs- und Naturschutzplanung (ILEN), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 86. UB BOKU obvsg

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Urban green spaces can contribute to the harmonious relationship between nature and humans, especially when staying in a natural environment perceived as a source of health and well-being. Numerous reviews of empirical evidence strongly support the positive influence of urban green space on the perceived general health in urban population. This study examines (a) how a visit to urban green spaces can have an impact on human health perceptions (b) which different elements of the park contribute to human health benefits and (c) whether there are differences in perceived health benefits between green space types depending on their degree of naturalness. The study was conducted in eight urban green spaces in two European cities, Belgrade and Vienna. Based on on-site face-to-face interviews, participants' attitudes towards urban green spaces were evaluated (N = 453) based on different characteristics of urban green spaces, use of urban green space and perceived health effects. The results of the study suggest that visiting urban green spaces can improve perceived health benefits. Also, participants perceived urban green spaces with different degrees of naturalness as restorative places, i.e. the interaction with nature can lead to improvements in cognitive function and has a positive effect on perceived mental health. Different elements of the park, duration of visit and frequency of visit have positive impacts on perceived health outcomes, especially in older participants. These research outputs can contribute to improving the quality of urban green spaces for the health benefit of the population and support further research on this topic.

Beurteilende(r): Arnberger Arne

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