Restorative experience, self-regulation, and children’s place preferences

Korpela, K., M. Kytta & T. Hartig, 2002, Restorative experience, self-regulation, and children’s place preferences, in: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 22,

  • Author : Korpela, K., M. Kytta & T. Hartig
  • Year : 2002
  • Journal/Series : Journal of Environmental Psychology
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 22
  • Pages : 387-398
  • Abstract in English : This study examined variations in place preferences among children of different ages and both genders, as well as situations before going to the favourite place, the need for emotional and cognitive restoration, and solo versus social use of a favourite place. All of the children in this study could identify a favourite place One-third of the children reported using their favourite places for emotion-regulation. In contrast to previous findings with adolescents and young adults, neither nor residential setting predominated among the children’s favourite place in this study. Place preference studies have show that children often prefer places outside social demands and the control of the parents. The present study partially supports this notion by showing that a part of the parents could not identify their child’s favourite place.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, children, favourite places, preference, restorative environment, nature, self-regulation. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.