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Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume II, Wellbeing and the Environment

Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume II, Wellbeing and the Environment

Rachel Cooper (Editor), Elizabeth Burton (Editor), Cary L. Cooper (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-60837-1

Mar 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

736 pages

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Part of the six-volume Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, this volume examines the ways in which the built environment can affect and enhance the wellbeing of society.

  • Explores the effects of environment on wellbeing and provides insight and guidance for designing, creating, or providing environments that improve wellbeing
  • Looks at the social and health issues surrounding sustainable energy and sustainable communities, and how those connect to concepts of wellbeing
  • Brings the evidence base for environmental wellbeing into one volume from across disciplines including urban planning, psychology, sociology, healthcare, architecture, and more
  • Part of the six-volume set Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, which brings together leading research on wellbeing from across the social sciences

About the Editors ix

Contributors xi

Full Contents of Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide xiii

Introduction to Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide xxvii

1 Wellbeing and the Environment: An Overview 1
Rachel Cooper

Part 1 Wellbeing and the Neighborhood 21

2 Urban Neighborhoods and Mental Health across the Life Course 23
Erin Gilbert and Sandro Galea

3 The Impact of the Local Social and Physical Local Environment on Wellbeing 51
Anne Ellaway

4 Density and Mental Wellbeing 69
Christopher T. Boyko and Rachel Cooper

5 Neighborhoods and Social Interaction 91
Scott C. Brown and Joanna Lombard

6 Living in the City: Mixed Use and Quality of Life 119
Graeme Evans

7 "We Live Here Too". . . What Makes a Child-Friendly Neighborhood? 147
Karen E. Martin and Lisa J. Wood

8 A Step Too Far? Designing Dementia-Friendly Neighborhoods 185
Lynne Mitchell

9 Walkable Neighborhoods: Principles, Measures, and Health Impacts 219
Tim G. Townshend

10 Quality of Urban Spaces and Wellbeing 249
Mags Adams

Part 2 Wellbeing and Buildings 271

11 Children and the Physical Environment 273
Lorraine E. Maxwell and Gary W. Evans

12 Wellbeing and the School Environment 301
Andy Jones and Flo Harrison

13 The Built Housing Environment, Wellbeing, and Older People 335
Rachael Dutton

14 Workplace and Wellbeing 373
Jeremy Myerson

15 Linking the Physical Design of Health-Care Environments to Wellbeing Indicators 391
Sarah Payne, Rachel Potter, and Rebecca Cain

Part 3 Wellbeing and Green Spaces 419

16 Wellbeing and Green Spaces in Cities 421
William Sullivan

17 Environmental Interaction and Engagement: Supporting Wellbeing 445
Richard Coles

Part 4 Wellbeing and the Environment: Other Factors and the Future 499

18 Crime and the Urban Environment: The Implications for Wellbeing 501
Caroline L. Davey and Andrew B. Wootton

19 Transport and Wellbeing 535
Nick Tyler

20 Air Quality and Wellbeing 569
Ben Croxford

21 Implications of Low-Carbon Design of Housing for Health and Wellbeing: A U.K. Case Study 579
Michael Davies, Ian Hamilton, Anna Mavrogianni, Rokia Raslan, and Paul Wilkinson

22 Cobenefits of Insulating Houses: Research Evidence and Policy Implications 607
Philippa Howden-Chapman and Nicholas Preval

23 The Multiple Pathways between Environment and Health 627
Marketta Kytta and Anna Broberg

24 Summary: Wellbeing and the Environmental Implications for Design 653
Rachel Cooper and Elizabeth Burton

Index 669

"The Guide’s major strengths are its breadth and depth with reviews of the literature, case studies, empirical findings, historical reflections, and future guidance. Scientists working on any subfield can now see how their work informs other fields and ideas for interdisciplinary projects." (PsycCRITIQUES, March 2015)

"I would recommend this book for acquisition. Each volume has its own ISBN and there are volume indexes, rather than a master index, so specialist libraries could purchase individual volumes. The different volumes hang together well however, so I would recommend getting the set if possible. This set has arrived on the crest of a wave of academic and, to a lesser extent, public interest. Academic libraries catering for courses in psychology, health-related subjects, education, social policy or economics will all find useful material here." (Reference Reviews, 2014)

“This series could complement a variety of libraries, such as a home or personal library, office, or academic setting. Wellbeing is a global topic that influences each individual. This series is a valuable resource.” (American Reference Books Annual, 1 June 2014)