How Psychologists Are Addressing The Connection Between Green Outdoor Spaces And Student Behavior

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Introduction This literature review examines how psychologists are addressing the connection between green outdoor spaces and student behavior. Researchers from many different fields of psychology, clinical, developmental, behavioral, and ecological, have been looking into stress relief for decades, but have only recently in the early 1990s begun looking into the interaction between green outdoor space and its restorative effects on student stress, anxiety, attention and depression. We will review the growing body of scientific research conducted by psychologists on the interactions between natural outdoor space and student behavior. Chawla et al. Researchers looking into the connection between natural space and student behavior…show more content…
2 1 Chawla, Louise, Kelly Keena, Illène Pevec, and Emily Stanley. "Green Schoolyards as Havens from Stress and Resources for Resilience in Childhood and Adolescence." Health & Place 28 (2014): 3. 2 Chawla, Louise, Kelly Keena, Illène Pevec, and Emily Stanley. "Green Schoolyards as Havens from Stress and Resources for Resilience in Childhood and Adolescence." Health & Place 28 (2014): 4-5. 3 Chawla, Louise, Kelly Keena, Illène Pevec, and Emily Stanley. "Green Schoolyards as Havens from Stress and Resources for Resilience in Childhood and Adolescence." Health & Place 28 (2014): 6. RAD PDF 2017-03- 20 22:07:47 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Use Ibid with a page number (Ex: Ibid., P.23) to cite the same source after first citation RAD PDF Developer License Active One mother of a student participating in the study said of her son, “When they closed [the green space playground] for the winter, his anxiety rose.” 4 Many of the participants had previously attended schools with little to no natural playground space, generally paved asphalt playgrounds. One student described recess at his old school as “Boring” and another said “What a rip-off!” Conversely, all of the eleven students that participated in this part of the study said that recess at the Jemicy School, with access to natural space, was a

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