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Mental health and well-being in times of COVID-19: a 2 mixed-methods study of the role of neighborhood parks, 3 outdoor spaces, and nature among US older adults

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posted on 2022-09-05, 15:19 authored by Gabriela Bustamante, Viveka GuzmanViveka Guzman, Lindsay C. Kobayashi, Jessica Finlay

The role of parks and nature to support well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic is uncertain. To examine this topic, we used mixed-methods data collected in April-May 2020 from US adults aged ≥55 in the COVID-19 Coping Study. We quantitatively evaluated the associations between number of neighborhood parks and depression, anxiety, and loneliness; and conducted qualitative thematic analysis of participants' outdoor experiences. Among urban residents, depression and anxiety were inversely associated with the number of neighborhood parks. Thematic analysis identified diverse engagement in greenspaces that boosted physical, mental, and social well-being. The therapeutic potential of outdoor and greenspaces should be considered for interventions during future epidemics. 

Funding

National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number T32CA163184.

Health Research Board grant SPHeRE-2019-1.

National Institute on Aging under Award Number P30AG012846

Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research Postdoctoral Translational Scholar Program UL1 TR002240-02

National Institute on Aging Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship F32 AG064815-01.

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Published Citation

Bustamante G, Guzman V, Kobayashi LC, Finlay J. Mental health and well-being in times of COVID-19: a mixed-methods study of the role of neighborhood parks, outdoor spaces, and nature among US older adults. Health Place. 2022;76:102813.

Publication Date

24 May 2022

PubMed ID

35623164

Department/Unit

  • Health Psychology

Publisher

Elsevier B.V.

Version

  • Accepted Version (Postprint)