Whitehouse, S., J.W. Varni, M. Seid, C. Coop-Marcus, M.J. Ensberg, J.R. Jabobs & R.S. Mehlenbeck, 2001, Evaluating a children’s hospital garden environment: utilization and consumer satisfaction, in: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 21,
- Author : Whitehouse, S., J.W. Varni, M. Seid, C. Coop-Marcus, M.J. Ensberg, J.R. Jabobs & R.S. Mehlenbeck
- Year : 2001
- Journal/Series : Journal of Environmental Psychology
- Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 21
- Pages : 301-314
- Abstract in English : Utilization and consumer satisfaction of A healing garden at children’s hospital and health centre, built as a healing environment for patients, families, and staff has been evaluated. Surveys of garden users revealed that most adult family members and staff went to the garden to escape the stresses of the hospital and enjoy the relaxing and restorative elements of nature. Ninety per cent of adult garden users reported a positive change in mood after spending time in garden. However, very few hospitalized patients were brought to the garden. All children surveyed in the garden would like to come back, and most staff, family members, adult visitors, and patients surveyed and interviewed in the hospital did not use the garden and many of them did not know of its existence. Some causes were lack of knowledge about the garden, access difficulties, confusion over the purpose of the garden.
- Comments/Notes : The problem of utilization is not exclusive for this hospital garden exists in many other situations. KEYWORDS: Environmental psychology, healing gardens, children, health, well-being, accessibility, and barriers. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education