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Vanessa Xue-Ling Tan, Janette Graetz Simmonds
This research explored parents' perceptions of the psychosocial outcomes of their children's experience of receiving equine-assisted interventions (EAI). Participants were the parents of six children (aged 3-14) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Five semi-structured interviews were conducted and the transcript data was analysed using Interpretative phenomenological analysis. Four super-ordinate themes emerged from the analysis: (1) child's improved self-concept and enhanced emotional well-being, (2) child's improved self-regulatory ability, (3) social benefits for the child, and (4) unexpected outcomes...
March 2018: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Stephanie Westlund
BACKGROUND: Many military veterans are seeking ways beyond conventional treatments to manage their stress injuries. An increasing number is turning to nature, including hiking and fishing, farming and gardening, and building relationships with dogs or horses. Many continue to benefit from medication and therapy, but find that nature provides an additional measure of support, relief and healing in their lives. OBJECTIVE: This paper examines reciprocal interactions between humans and nature during post-conflict recovery, with a focus on the experiences of four North American veterans who regard their personal recovery from stressful and traumatic military experiences as intimately tied to their nature experiences...
2015: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
V I Gushchin, D M Shved, M A Levinskikh, A G Vinokhodova, O B Signalova, A E Smoleevskiĭ
Assessment of the importance of higher plants for emotions and relations within the group of test-subjects was performed in the long-duration chamber experiment MARS-500 designed as an imitation of an exploration mission. It was shown that the degree of involvement with the plants dictated the magnitude and character of the ecopsychological effect. Subjects with high psychological stability and dominating introversion were more inclined to interact with plants. Remoteness of the greenhouse from recreation areas weakened the ecopsychological effect and denied the crew the opportunity to interact with plants...
2014: Aviakosmicheskaia i Ekologicheskaia Meditsina, Aerospace and Environmental Medicine
Paul Stevens
Dominant models of health view people as essentially separable from their environment, affected directly by specific physical events or indirectly through idiosyncratic perceptions. Health is therefore a function of the individual, whether they are treated alone or in a group of similar individuals. A different (ecopsychological) view is that we are embedded within the environment; that notions of self, illness and well-being relate to where we are. Health practitioners and policy makers have realized that mind and body cannot be seen as being separate when promoting well-being, but 'self' and 'environment' is an equally false dichotomy...
November 2010: Perspectives in Public Health
S Becker, A Kruse, J Schröder, U Seidl
The contribution is intended to describe the theoretical background and measurement approach of H.I.L.DE., a research project aimed to develop and validate a comprehensive assessment of quality of life in nursing home residents suffering from dementia. Proceeding from the assumption that emotions are felt even in advanced stages of dementia and can be interpreted on the basis of peoples' mimic expressions, three samples of participants were recruited from 11 nursing homes of varying maintenance: 121 nursing home residents suffering from dementia, 97 professional caregivers and 101 relatives participated in the first wave of this study...
April 2005: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
S Heeg
In Germany, existing experiences with "sheltered housing" are not sufficient in order to precisely define the role of this new type of housing the aged within the overall network of care for the elderly. First, this article provides an overview of how different the needs for help in old age can be, and which types of supportive environments and services fit to different situations. In this context the potential and the limits of the "sheltered home" concept are described. Second, based on some policy considerations, a program of seven design directives for the planning of sheltered homes is proposed that integrates selected theoretical approaches of environmental psychology and geropsychology...
November 1994: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie
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