References: Children’s Health and Urban Parks

The following references are cited in our Children’s Health and Urban Parks infographic, which can be found here.

Use of and access to parks promotes health:

Physical health
Physical Activity 

Gómez, J. E., Johnson, B. A., Selva, M., et al. (2004). Violent crime and outdoor physical activity among inner-city youth. Preventive Medicine, 39(5), 876–881. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2004.03.019

Roemmich, J. N., Epstein, L. H., Raja, et al. (2006). Association of access to parks and recreational facilities with the physical activity of young children. Preventive Medicine, 43, 437–441. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.07.007

Heart Disease and Diabetes

Maas, J., Dillen, S. M. E. Van, Verheij, R. A., et al. (2009). Health & Place Social contacts as a possible mechanism behind the relation between green space and health. Health & Place, 15, 586–595. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.09.006

Maas, J., Verheij, R. A., Vries, S. De, et al. (2009). Morbidity is related to a green living environment. J Epidemiol Community Health, 63, 967–973. http://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2008.079038

Obesity

Wolch, J., Jerrett, M., Reynolds, K., et al. (2011). Health & Place Childhood obesity and proximity to urban parks and recreational resources : A longitudinal cohort study. Health & Place, 17(1), 207–214. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.10.001

Mental health
Emotional Well-Being

Barton, J. O., & Pretty, J. (2010). What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health ? A Multi-Study Analysis. Environ. Sci. Technol, 44(10), 3947–3955.

Stress

Hartig, T., Mang, M., & Evans, G. W. (1991). Restorative Effects of Natural Environment Experiences. Environment and Behavior, 23(1), 3–26.

Cognitive health
Test Scores

Pan, W., Adamkiewicz, G., Wu, C., et al. (2014). Linking Student Performance in Massachusetts Elementary Schools with the “‘ Greenness ’” of School Surroundings Using Remote Sensing. PloS One, 9(10), 1–9. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0108548

Attention and Understanding

Dadvand, P., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. J., et al. (2015). Green spaces and cognitive development in primary schoolchildren. PNAS, 112(26). http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1503402112

Behavior Problems

Amoly, E., Dadvand, P., Forns, J., et al. (2014). Green and blue spaces and behavioral development in Barcelona schoolchildren: the BREATHE project. Environmental Health Perspectives, 122(12), 1351–8. http://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1408215

Younan, D., Tuvblad, C., Li, L., et al. (2016). Environmental Determinants of Aggression in Adolescents: Role of Urban Neighborhood Greenspace. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 55(7), 591–601. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2016.05.002

Self-Discipline

Taylor, Andrea Faber, Kuo, Frances E., et al. (2002). Views of nature and self-discipline: evidence from inner city children. VIEWS OF NATURE AND SELF-DISCIPLINE : EVIDENCE FROM INNER CITY CHILDREN. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 22, 49–63. http://doi.org/10.1006/jevp.2001.0241

ADHD Symptoms

Kuo, F. E. (2009). Children With Attention Deficits Concentrate Better After Walk in the Park. Journal of Attention Disorders, 12(5), 402–409.

Local parks and green space benefit neighborhoods

Livability

Sugiyama, T., Leslie, E., & Owen, N. (2008). Associations of neighbourhood greenness with physical and mental health : do walking , social coherence and local social interaction explain the relationships ? J Epidemiol Community Health, 62(9), 6–11. http://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2007.064287

Community Connectivity

Maas, J., Dillen, S. M. E. Van, Verheij, R. A., et al.(2009). Health & Place Social contacts as a possible mechanism behind the relation between green space and health. Health & Place, 15, 586–595. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.09.006

Less Background Noise

Gidl, A., & Ohrstr, E. (2007). Noise and well-being in urban residential environments : The potential role of perceived availability to nearby green areas. Landscape and Urban Planning, 83, 115–126. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2007.03.003

Sense of Peace and Tranquility 

Kaplan, S., & Kaplan, R. (2003). Health , Supportive Environments , and the Reasonable Person Model. American Journal of Public Health, 93(9), 1484–1489.

Cools Down Neighborhoods

Cummins, S. K., & Jackson, R. J. (2001). THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 48(5), 1241–1252. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0031-3955(05)70372-2

Less Air Pollution

Nowak, D. J., Crane, D. E., & Stevens, J. C. (2006). Air pollution removal by urban trees and shrubs in the United States. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 4, 115–123. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2006.01.007

Disparities: Access to and locations of parks

Wolch, J., Wilson, J. P., & Fehrenbach, J. (2005). Parks and Park Funding in Los Angeles : An Equity- Mapping Analysis. Urban Geography, 26(1), 4–35. http://doi.org/10.2747/0272-3638.26.1.4

Su, J. G., Jerrett, M., Nazelle, A. De, et al. (2011). Does exposure to air pollution in urban parks have socioeconomic , racial or ethnic gradients ? Environmental Research, 111, 319–328. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2011.01.002