I would really like to visit the forest, but it is just too difficult: A qualitative study on mobility disability and green spaces

Sus Sola Corazon, Marie Christoffersen Gramkov, Dorthe Varning Poulsen, Victoria Linn Lygum, Gaochao Zhang, Ulrika K. Stigsdotter

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Abstract

There is growing evidence of the health benefits of visiting green spaces. However, research indicates that individuals with mobility disabilities visit green spaces less frequently than the able-bodied population. The aim of this study was to examine the experiences and related constraints of individuals with mobility disabilities visiting green spaces. The study’s qualitative research design employed group and individual interviews, which were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis and social geographical theory. The results indicate that, generally speaking, the interviewees valued green spaces highly. The serenity of and possibility for close physical contact with a green space were preferred and promoted experiences of insideness and identification with the space. Conversely, lack of accessibility led to feelings of exclusion and outsideness. To increase both the accessibility and positive experience of any green space, it is advisable to include the user group in the study design process.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Volume21
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
ISSN1501-7419
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Health design
  • Health promoting environments
  • IPA analysis
  • Physical impairment
  • Social geography

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