A different way to stay in touch with 'Urban Nature': The perceived restorative qualities of botanical gardens

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© 2017 Carrus, Scopelliti, Panno, Lafortezza, Colangelo, Pirchio, Ferrini, Salbitano, Agrimi, Portoghesi, Semenzato and Sanesi. Botanical gardens represent interesting arenas for research in environmental psychology and environment-behavior relations. They can be considered a very particular type of restorative environment and also have a relevant social function for the promotion of a more sustainable lifestyle in current societies. In this paper, we present a study assessing the relationship between the perceived restorativeness, the psychological and physical benefits experienced, and the subjective well-being reported by visitors of botanical gardens in four different cities in Italy (N = 127). As expected, a bootstrapping mediation model supported the idea that perceived restorativeness of botanical gardens significantly predicts visitors' subjective well-being, both directly and indirectly through perceived physical and psychological benefits of the visit. A moderation model also revealed that the relationship between restorativeness and well-being varies across respondents with different socio-demographic characteristics, being stronger for singles as compared to couples with and without children, respectively. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

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Carrus, G., Scopelliti, M., Panno, A., Lafortezza, R., Colangelo, G., Pirchio, S., … Sanesi, G. (2017). A different way to stay in touch with “Urban Nature”: The perceived restorative qualities of botanical gardens. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00914

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