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van der Maarel, Martin, 2019. Scoping review of health promoting qualities of cultural heritage sites : theoretical analysis and development. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of People and Society



Today, research and theories about health promoting environments often describes how and why certain environments are more qualified than others to support health outcomes. The environments that are suggested to possess these health promoting qualities are in most cases characterized by the presence of natural elements. But seeing how the world consists of so many types of places with various distinctive features, the possibility of other forms of health bringing qualities must exist. And given the fact that new, alternative methods are needed to deal with the increase in modern day public health issues, other forms of environments should be examined. This work tries to account for this knowledge gap by exploring and investigating the health promoting qualities of cultural heritage sites. Cultural heritage sites have been shown in previous research to possess some qualities that might support health and well-being but have not been investigated thoroughly. A scoping review was therefore applied to identify factors in existing research of cultural heritage sites that could indicate some form of healthrelated process. Then, current theories of environmental psychology and health, related to the reviewed research were broken down and analyzed in relation to what type of mechanisms and dimensions lies behind them. Finally, a synthesis was made of the different thematic factors and a new theoretical framework is proposed, describing how cultural heritage sites can be used and further studied as health promoting environments.

Main title:Scoping review of health promoting qualities of cultural heritage sites
Subtitle:theoretical analysis and development
Authors:van der Maarel, Martin
Supervisor:Marcheschi, Elizabeth
Examiner:Hägerhäll, Caroline and Klintborg Ahlklo, Åsa
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM007 Outdoor environments for health and well-being - Master's programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of People and Society
Keywords:cultural, heritage, environmental psychology, health, theory synthesis, scoping review, framework, model
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Human medicine, health, and safety
Deposited On:28 Nov 2019 09:27
Metadata Last Modified:29 May 2020 13:06

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