Residents’ living environments, self-rated health status and perceptions of urban green space benefits

Fenghua LIU, Yuhong TIAN, Chi Yung JIM, Tiantian WANG, Jingya LUAN, Mengxuan YAN

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Abstract

Urban green space (UGS) could contribute to sustainable urban development. Studying residents’ perception of UGS ecological benefits could provide the empirical basis to improve UGS management and quality of life. Based on the questionnaire surveys of 432 residents in Beijing, assisted by non-parametric statistical tests, this paper assessed the relationships between residents’ living environments and self-rated health status and their impacts on residents’ perceptions of UGS ecological benefits. We paid attention to residents’ perceptions of UGS’s notable thermal environmental benefits under the climate-change backdrop. The results showed that: (1) Residents were inclined to perceive direct UGS ecological benefits better than the indirect types; (2) Residents growing up in the city had better self-rated health status than those growing up in the suburb and the village; and residents growing up in the suburb had a better understanding of the cooling benefits of green walls; (3) Residents currently dwelling in the city had a better understanding of UGS benefits, including shading, cooling by green roofs, mitigating the heat island effect and enhancing urban biodiversity, than those dwelling in the village; and (4) Residents with “very good” self-rated health status had a significantly better understanding of UGS benefits regarding shading, providing varied colors and habitats, storing carbon, purifying air, and collecting rainwater. Copyright © 2021 by the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
JournalForests
Volume13
Issue number1
Early online dateDec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Citation

Liu, F., Tian, Y., Jim, C., Wang, T., Luan, J., & Yan, M. (2022). Residents’ living environments, self-rated health status and perceptions of urban green space benefits. Forests, 13(1). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/f13010009

Keywords

  • Urban green space (UGS)
  • Ecological benefit
  • Climate change backdrop
  • Self-rated health status
  • Resident perception
  • Childhood living environment

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