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Children Connected With Nature Are Better-Behaved
Condensed by L.D. Ramirez (sourced from a Philippine Daily Inquirer article by AFP Relaxnews)
New research from Hong Kong has shown that children who spend time in nature may benefit from fewer behavioral and emotional problems and improved pro-social behavior.
Researchers recruited 493 families with children aged between two and five, and asked them to complete a 16-item parent questionnaire developed by Dr. Tanja Sobko and Prof. Gavin Brown, the study authors.
Four areas that show a child’s relationship with nature were measured, including enjoyment, empathy, responsibility and awareness.
The findings showed that children who had a closer connection with nature, as reported by their parents, showed less distress, less hyperactivity, fewer behavioral and emotional difficulties and improved pro-social behavior.
In addition, children who took greater responsibility towards nature were also found to have fewer difficulties with their peers.