The importance of nature to children’s development has been confirmed in numerous studies across decades.
It has been further reinforced in a recent Danish study which found that residential green space in childhood is associated with lower risk of mental health problems from adolescence into adulthood.
This nation-wide study covering more than 900,000 people found that children who grew up with the lowest levels of access to green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder, independent from effects of other known risk factors.
This outcome, researchers said, evidenced the importance of better integrating natural environments into urban planning and childhood life.
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