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The Relationship Between Perceived Greenness and Perceived Restorativeness of University Campuses and Student-Reported Quality of Life
Environment and Behavior (2016)
  • J. Aaron Hipp, North Carolina State University
  • Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi, University of Northern Iowa
  • Susana Alves, Okan University
  • Sonia Sequeira, Washington University in St. Louis
Abstract
University students are exposed to many stressors, necessitating opportunities for restoration. Research has indicated that actual experiences in nearby green spaces are associated with restorative psychological and physiological health benefits. However, the perception of greenness and restorativeness of environments might also impact health outcomes. Can green campus spaces provide restorative potential to university students? Do students perceive the greenness and restorative benefits? To explore these questions, students at three universities (convenience sample) were surveyed with items on perceived greenness of campus, perceived restorativeness of campus, and the World Health Organization Quality-of-Life Scale. Results indicate that those with higher perceived campus greenness report greater quality of life, a pathway significantly and partially mediated by perceived campus restorativeness. Future research should help identify effective ways in which university green spaces can be developed as health resources for students.
Keywords
  • university,
  • campus,
  • green space,
  • quality of life,
  • perceived restorativeness,
  • students
Disciplines
Publication Date
January 12, 2016
DOI
10.1177/0013916515598200
Citation Information
J. Aaron Hipp, Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi, Susana Alves and Sonia Sequeira. "The Relationship Between Perceived Greenness and Perceived Restorativeness of University Campuses and Student-Reported Quality of Life" Environment and Behavior Vol. 48 Iss. 10 (2016) p. 1292 - 1308
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gowri-betrabetgulwadi/4/