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Branching Out : the impact of a mental health ecotherapy programme

Wilson, Neil and Jones, Russell and Fleming, Susan and Lafferty, Kevin and Knifton, Lee and Catherine, Kirsty and McNish, Hugh (2011) Branching Out : the impact of a mental health ecotherapy programme. Ecopsychology, 3 (1). pp. 51-57. ISSN 1942-9347

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Abstract

Branching Out is a national-award-winning program developed by The Forestry Commission Scotland and The National Health Service. For each client, the program consists of 3 hrs of ecotherapy per week in outdoor woodland settings. Clients work together in small groups of 6–12 for a 12-week period. The program was evaluated using a repeated measures design. The independent variable was “attendance of the program,” of which there were two levels. The dependent variables were scores on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (WEMWBS), the SF-12v2TM Health Survey, and the Scottish Physical Activity Questionnaire (SPAQ). Repeated measures t-tests were used to examine pre- to postchange in the dependent variables. There were no significant differences between the pre- and post-WEMWBS or SF-12v2TM Health Survey scores, indicating that attendance of Branching Out did not have any significant effect on mental well-being or general health. Attendance of Branching Out significantly improved physical activity levels as evidenced by significantly higher postintervention SPAQ scores from baseline. The implications for practice are discussed.

Item type: Article
ID code: 36417
Keywords: ecotherapy, greenspace, mental health, stigma, Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine, Social Psychology, Applied Psychology
Subjects: Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 10:43
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:53
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/36417

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