UCL Division of Biosciences


CBER Research Talk - Mika Maes - 1 April 2019

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 01 April 2019

Mental health responses in London’s children shift depending on the type of urban green space exposure

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Title: "Mental health responses in London's children shift depending on the type of urban green space exposure"
Speaker: Mika Maes
Venue: Lankester LT, Medawar Building (map)

Abstract: Epidemiological studies on nature and mental health have relied almost exclusively on classifying nature as green or blue, restricting understanding on how this relationship could vary across different vegetation types. We used Bayesian mixed-effect models to analyse different vegetation types in relation to mental health and cognitive development. The sample was restricted to 6,616 secondary schoolchildren in London (United Kingdom) where measures of behavioural and cognitive development (i.e. SDQ Total Difficulties, Kid screen and executive function) were studied for associations with natural space (i.e. green and blue space combined and separately) and with type of green space (i.e. grassland, scrub vegetation and woody vegetation), controlling for other covariates.