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Title: The biophilia hypothesis explored: Regenerative urban green spaces and well-being in a Portuguese sample
Authors: Lencastre, Marina Prieto Afonso
Vidal, Diogo Guedes 
Estrada, Rui
Barros, Nelson
Maia, Rui Leandro
Farinha-Marques, Paulo
Keywords: Biophilia; green spaces; well-being; regenerative; design
Issue Date: 29-Apr-2022
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/OE/SFRH/BD/143238/2019/PT/Além do Verde: os jardins e parques urbanos na resposta aos desafios socioambientais contemporâneos. Estudo de caso da cidade do Porto 
Serial title, monograph or event: International Journal of Environmental Studies
Abstract: This paper considers the relationship between biophilia and wellbeing in a sample of users of urban green spaces in the city of Porto (Portugal) as a case study. The biophilia hypothesis is explored through the responses of 131 participants in a survey. Users of urban green spaces valued their provision of quiet and shade, with a high diversity of plant species and tranquillity. The survey also found that being satisfied with urban green spaces enhances self-perceived health status, which means that being satisfied with a green space that fulfils users’ expectations can be a way to improve well-being in urban areas. Creating stimulating regenerative urban green spaces offers the possibility to experience significant connections to nature.
DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2022.2067411
Rights: embargoedAccess
Appears in Collections:FCTUC Ciências da Vida - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais
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