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Los, Diona, 2021. Merging healthcare and rural landscape development : emotional participatory mapping of places as starting point for healthy rural communities and future of the landscape. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of People and Society

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The rapid changes in the Dutch and European rural landscape are calling for an urgent need to connect
landscape and emotional mental health in rural communities. The aim of this study was to explore how
residents of the Dutch Waddensea island Texel use the outdoor space for emotional mental health. To
use this in preparing the development of local nature-based interventions (NBI) The research was done
with use of a web-based emotional participatory mapping survey (EPM). Emotions were measured
with 4 emotion groups; Red (stressed), Blue (exhausted), Green (balanced) and Yellow (energized).
Respondents rated their emotion before and after visiting a self-chosen place and answered questions
about place experience. Everyone reported a positive increase of emotions after a visit to nature. The
Red-Bleu group preferred places on walking distances, alone in nature with low physical activities and
places to sit, the Green-Yellow group was more physical active. The survey resulted in 21 individual
places and 5 hotspots on community level. The coast was most preferred with 3 hotspots, the others
were dune landscape and a nature inclusive farm. Perceived Sensory dimensions (PSD) where used to
create location profiles and triangulation of place qualities from the survey. The PSD preferences for
Space, Serene and Nature are the same as the main characteristic of the island and therefore could be
mirror place attachment. Even the fact that results are based on a limited sample it gives an insight in
how residents of Texel are using the outdoor environment in emotion-regulation. The emotion group
profiles in combination with the community-based PSD of preferences for place characteristics could
be angles for local discussions on landscape development and NBI. Using EPM makes invisible
emotional place values visible. Interesting findings for future study are the behaviour of a preference
for solitary low physical activities in nature and the attractiveness of water when in need of emotionregulation.

Main title:Merging healthcare and rural landscape development
Subtitle:emotional participatory mapping of places as starting point for healthy rural communities and future of the landscape
Authors:Los, Diona
Supervisor:Gyllin, Mats
Examiner:Palsdottir, Anna Maria and Stoltz, Jonathan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2021
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:emotional participatory mapping, emotion-regulation, mental health, nature-based interventions, salutogenic landscape, PSD, rural communities, coast, Blue space, Texel, SDG;3,10,11,14,15,17
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Rural sociology and social security
Deposited On:01 Jul 2021 11:45
Metadata Last Modified:02 Jul 2021 11:41

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