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The Human–Nature Relationship and Its Impact on Health: A Critical Review

Seymour, V. ORCID: 0000-0001-8264-3875 (2016). The Human–Nature Relationship and Its Impact on Health: A Critical Review. Frontiers in Public Health, 4, 260.. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00260

Abstract

Within the past four decades, research has been increasingly drawn toward understanding whether there is a link between the changing human–nature relationship and its impact on people’s health. However, to examine whether there is a link requires research of its breadth and underlying mechanisms from an interdisciplinary approach. This article begins by reviewing the debates concerning the human–nature relationship, which are then critiqued and redefined from an interdisciplinary perspective. The concept and chronological history of “health” is then explored, based on the World Health Organization’s definition. Combining these concepts, the human–nature relationship and its impact on human’s health are then explored through a developing conceptual model. It is argued that using an interdisciplinary perspective can facilitate a deeper understanding of the complexities involved for attaining optimal health at the human–environmental interface.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: human health, human–nature relationship, natural environment, interdisciplinary
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21097
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