Wiens, V., Soronen, K., Kyngäs, H., & Pölkki, T. (2021). Enhancing Adolescent Girls’ Well-Being in the Arctic—Finding What Motivates Spending Time in Nature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4), 2052. doi:10.3390/ijerph18042052
Enhancing adolescent girls’ well-being in the Arctic : finding what motivates spending time in nature
|Author:||Wiens, Varpu1; Soronen, Kari2; Kyngäs, Helvi1,3;|
1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
2Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
3Oulu University Hospital, 90220 Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202102266117
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute,
|Publish Date:|| 2021-02-26
Background: According to previous studies, the natural environment positively influences well-being, including that of adolescent girls. However, knowledge is lacking on what motivates adolescent girls to spend time in nature. A secondary analysis of qualitative data was conducted employing three preexisting sets of interview data that had formed the basis of previously published research reports. A novel perspective on what motivates adolescent girls in the Arctic to spend time in nature was uncovered—a finding that previous articles have not reported.
Aim: The aim was to describe what motivates adolescent girls in the Arctic to spend time in nature.
Methods: The participants were adolescent girls aged 13 to 16 living in the province of Finnish Lapland. The girls wrote about well-being (n = 117) and were interviewed (n = 19) about the meaning of seasonal changes, nature and animals’ influence on well-being. Also, five focus group interviews (n = 17) were held. The materials were analyzed by inductive content analysis.
Results: After the secondary analysis, three generic categories were found: (1) wanting to have pleasant emotions, (2) the possibility of participating in activities and (3) a desire to feel better. The main category of “need to experience positive sensations” was formed.
Conclusion: Based on these results, through personalized guidance and advice, it is possible to strengthen adolescent girls’ willingness to spend time in nature.
International journal of environmental research and public health
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A1 Journal article – refereed
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