Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
How do Participants in Nature-Based Therapy Experience and Evaluate Their Rehabilitation?
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Psychology and organization studies.
University of Gothenburg.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, ISSN 1088-3487, no 1, p. 9-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nature-Based Therapeutic (NBT) programs have increased in number in Sweden during the past decade. These programs often comprise two parts: (1) traditional medical rehabilitation methods used for stress-related disorders which are professionally integrated into a nature context; and (2) activities, or simply being, in a garden and/or nature. This study aims to increase the knowledge of how to develop effective rehabilitation programs for individuals suffering from stress-related mental disorders by exploring how participants in an NBT program experienced, explained, and evaluated their rehabilitation.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight women and three men participating in the NBT program, and were further analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Three superordinate themes emerged: being in the right or wrong phase; experiencing existential dimensions; and changing dysfunctional patterns of thoughts/behaviors.

Experiencing nature’s pace and participating in activities in the garden allowed practice in doing one thing at a time, not rushing things, and allowing oneself to take breaks. Belonging to a social context was important, as was seeing oneself in other´s similar situations. Support from the multi-disciplinary team was vital for developing tools and strategies to better manage everyday demands. Sufficient time for a first recovery period at home to rest before starting rehabilitation is necessary for this group of patients, and a garden or nature may be a supportive environment for stress recovery and rehabilitation for them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gaithersburg, Md.: National Council for Therapy and Rehabilitation through Horticulture , 2012. no 1, p. 9-22
Keywords [en]
Rehabilitation, nature, therapy
Keywords [sv]
rehabilitering, natur, terapi
National Category
Psychology
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-4829OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-4829DiVA, id: diva2:578961
Available from: 2012-12-19 Created: 2012-11-26 Last updated: 2017-02-01Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Authority records BETA

Vega Matuszczyk, Josefa

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Vega Matuszczyk, Josefa
By organisation
Psychology and organization studies
Psychology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 335 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf