Environmental Psychology and Human Well-Being

Environmental Psychology and Human Well-Being

Effects of Built and Natural Settings

1st Edition - August 21, 2018

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  • Author: Ann Sloan Devlin
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128114827
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128114810

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Environmental Psychology and Human Well-Being: Effects of Built and Natural Settings provides a better understanding of the way in which mental and physical well-being is affected by physical environments, along with insights into how the design of these environments might be improved to support better health outcomes. The book reviews the history of the field, discusses theoretical constructs in guiding research and design, and provides an up-to-date survey of research findings. Core psychological constructs, such as personal space, territoriality, privacy, resilience, stress, and more are integrated into each environment covered.

Key Features

  • Provides research-based insight into how an environment can impact mental and physical health and well-being
  • Integrates core psychological constructs, such as coping, place attachment, social support, and perceived control into each environment discussed
  • Includes discussion of Kaplan's Attention Restoration Theory and Ulrich's Stress Reduction Theory
  • Covers educational settings, workplace settings, environments for active living, housing for the elderly, natural settings, correctional facilities, and more


Environmental-behavior academics/researchers, environmental psychologists, environmental psychology students; researchers in architecture, gerontology, behavioral geography, city and regional planning

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Rationale, Chapter Overviews, and Author Biographies
    1. Concepts, Theories, and Research Approaches
    2. A Typology of Suburban Experiences in the United States
    3. Residential Environments and Active Living
    4. Housing for Older Adults
    5. City Life and Well-being
    6. The Role of the Physical Environment in Education
    7. Workplace Settings
    8. The Environment and Consumer Behavior
    9. Everyday and Nearby Natural Environments
    10. Behavioral Impact of Naturalistic and Wilderness Settings
    11. Can Correctional Environments Be Humane? A Case for Evidence-based and Value-based Design
    12. Healthcare Settings
    13. Designing Mental and Behavioral Facilities: Psychological, Social and Cultural Issues
    14. Memory Care and Alzheimer’s Units
    15. Therapeutic Landscapes
    Concluding Remarks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 482
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: August 21, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128114827
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128114810

About the Author

Ann Sloan Devlin

Dr. Devlin teaches courses on cognitive processes, I/O, environmental psychology, and research methods. She frequently writes about evidence-based design, is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and the recipient of several Mellon Foundation grants. She has been published in multiple journals, is the editor in chief of Environment and Behavior (SAGE), and authored the book Transforming the Doctor’s Office: Principles of Evidence-Based Design for Routledge in 2015. Since 2001 she has also published two other books on environmental psychology, and two on research methods.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychology, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA

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