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Responding to nature: Natural environments improve parent-child communication

Cameron-Faulkner, Thea, Melville, Joanna and Gattis, Merideth ORCID: 2018. Responding to nature: Natural environments improve parent-child communication. Journal of Environmental Psychology 59 , pp. 9-15. 10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.08.008

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Numerous studies have demonstrated that natural environments have a profound effect on a range of human behaviours and states, but most of those studies have examined how natural environments affect individuals rather than interactions. We examined whether natural environments affect communication between parents and their 3- to 4-year-old children. Using a novel experimental design, we show that parent-child communication is more responsive and connected in a natural environment compared to an indoor environment. This study is the first to demonstrate that human communication is influenced by natural environments. Natural settings may constitute optimal environments for communication.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0272-4944
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 20 August 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 20:05

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