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Gewählte Publikation:

Arnberger, A; Eder, R; Allex, B; Hutter, HP; Wallner, P; Bauer, N; Zaller, JG; Frank, T.
(2018): Perceived health benefits of managed and unmanaged meadows in a mountain biosphere reserve - an experimental study in the Austrian Alps
ECO MONT. 2018; 10(1): 5-14. FullText FullText_BOKU

Many societies are faced with a growing prevalence of poor health because of stress and sedentary lifestyles. Natural and semi-natural landscapes are increasingly seen as restorative settings, compensating for negative psycho-physiological effects on humans. The extent of these positive effects, however, may depend on the landscapexxxs degree of naturalness and perceptions of biodiversity, scenic beauty and restorativeness. We assessed the perceived health benefits for 22 participants (age M = 27 years) who twice visited a managed and an abandoned meadow in the Austrian Grosses Walsertal Biosphere Reserve. This study found that perceived health benefits did not differ between the managed and unmanaged meadows; participants reported a positive effect of their stays in both meadows on attention restoration, stress reduction and well-being. However, differences between the meadow types did emerge in terms of perceptions of their naturalness and biodiversity, and of perceptions of them as restorative places. Potentially, these restorative benefits can be used for new health-related offers for visitors to mountain biosphere reserves.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
Allex Brigitte
Arnberger Arne
Eder Renate
Frank Thomas
Zaller Johann

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