https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24387090
Hartig, Terry, et al. “Nature and Health.” Annual Review of Public Health, vol. 35, no. 1, 2014, pp. 207–228.

A review of research regarding the benefits of contact with nature. The reviewed research shows that experiences in nature provide developmental benefits for children such as improvements in both attentional focus and self-discipline. The research also shows that nature contributes to stress reduction.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.26.1.0111
Snell, Tristan L., et al. “Contact with Nature in Childhood and Adult Depression.” Children, Youth and Environments, vol. 26, no. 1, 2016, p. 111., doi:10.7721/chilyoutenvi.26.1.0111.

Three hundred adults participated in this study.  The findings point to a reduction in depression for those who have increased contact with nature during childhood.

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