Research note: View from the top: Apartment residents’ views of nature and mental wellbeing during lockdown

Sarah Foster, Alexandra Kleeman, Clover Maitland

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Abstract

Australia's capital cities have experienced a rapid increase in apartment development over the past decade. The mental wellbeing of apartment residents could be more vulnerable to COVID-19 restrictions due to the unique constraints of apartment buildings and limited access to nature. We examined the relationship between residents’ self-reported view components and wellbeing after Australia's national six-week lockdown. Residents’ (n = 192) wellbeing, measured using the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale, deteriorated between baseline and follow-up (p < 0.001); however, views of nature appeared to be protective. Residents with views comprising ≥ 25 % of natural features had significantly higher wellbeing scores than those with views below 25 % (p = 0.016). Results support the notion that a minimum level of visible nature is necessary to promote mental wellbeing in apartment residents. However, relatively few participants lived in apartments where ≥ 25 % of the view comprised natural elements, highlighting the need for interventions that better balance density with nature in urban environments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105072
JournalLandscape and Urban Planning
Volume247
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2024

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