Increasing nature connection in children: A mini review of interventions

Alexia Barrable (Lead / Corresponding author), David Booth

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Abstract

Half of the world’s population live in the urban environment. Lifestyle changes in the 20th century have led to spending more time indoors and less in nature. Due to safety concerns, longer hours in formal education, as well as lack of suitable outdoor environments, children in particular have been found to spend very little time outdoors. We have an opportunity, both timely and unique to have our children (re)connect with nature. Nature connection is a subjective state and trait that encompasses affective, cognitive, and experiential aspects in addition to being positively associated with wellbeing, and strong predictor of pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. This mini-review brings together recent studies that report on interventions to increase nature connection in children. Fourteen studies were identified through electronic searches of Web of Science, Scopus, PsychInfo, ERIC, and Google Scholar. The review aims to offer an overview of the interventions identified, provide a snapshot of the current state of the literature, briefly present themes and trends in the studies identified in relation to nature connection in young people, and propose potential guidelines for future work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number492
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • nature connection
  • children
  • intervention
  • environmental education
  • sustainability

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