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: om fenomenet natur och hälsofrämjande arbete

  • Sophie Sjöberg

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: Previous research shows that nature can contribute to health development and shows a correlation between people's level of activity, mental health and access to nature environments. Today we see a growing number of new operations in both the private enterprise and the public sector where nature is used as a resource for health promotion and prevention. Since the phenomenon is fairly new, descriptions of the area are poor. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate how the nature and health promotion work are carried out by different actors in Sweden. Method: Qualitative approach was chosen as the data collection method. Six interviews were conducted with actors working in the field of nature and health promotion. The interviews used semi structured interview guide. The interviews were analyzed by content analysis. Results: The results showed that the respondents use nature as a resource in their business operations, both as a room, a tool and as a symbol. The activities played a complex role since they both had a symbolic value and was used as a concrete tool. The actors however felt a strong personal wellbeing at their work and that it is a growing industry with good opportunities to conduct business in the future. Conclusion: The area of ​​nature and health promotion occupations is a broad field and involves diverse activities regard to activities, offers and specializations. The study also shows that the area's pedagogical orientations, differs from previous educational approaches in similar areas by focusing on how nature can be used as a health promotion tool.

    Date of Award2013-Jul-03
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorBo Nilsson (Supervisor), Ingemar Andersson (Supervisor), Ann-Christin Sollerhed (Examiner) & Alli Klapp (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Health Promotion and Education

    University credits

    • 30 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology (30302)


    • nature
    • health promotion
    • nature and health activities
    • small business operators
    • salutogenic

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