Testing a new protocol of nature-based intervention to enhance well-being: A randomized control trial

Po Lam HO, Tsz Wai LI, Huinan LIU, Tsun Fung YEUNG, Wai Kai HOU

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Abstract

This study aims to test the associations of nature contact with multiple dimensions of psychological functioning. A total of 90 university employees were randomly assigned to spend their lunch breaks on (1) a 30-min structured protocol of nature contact and (2) a control group for 10 consecutive weekdays. Psychological distress, psychological well-being, and work-related psychological outcomes were assessed at baseline (T1), the day after the 10-day intervention (T2), and three months after the intervention (T3). Mixed-design analyses of variance (ANOVA) were conducted. Overall, significant intervention effects were found in the structured protocol of nature contact on psychological distress, well-being outcomes, and work engagement (all p < 0.05), whereas the 3-month post-intervention effects were non-significant. Our study showed that nature-based activities during lunch breaks could enhance office workers’ mental health in general, but the effects could be short-lived, calling for regular nature-based programs in occupational settings. Copyright © 2022 by the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3931
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number7
Early online date25 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2022

Citation

Ho, P. L., Li, T. W., Liu, H., Yeung, T. F., & Hou, W. K. (2022). Testing a new protocol of nature-based intervention to enhance well-being: A randomized control trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(7). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073931

Keywords

  • Nature-based intervention
  • Restorative environments
  • Psychological well-being
  • Health promotion
  • Lunch break

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