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.Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
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.
|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|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||12 Dec 2011 10:43|
|Last modified:||27 Apr 2016 18:01|