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Am J Public Health. 2004 Sep;94(9):1580-6.

A potential natural treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: evidence from a national study.

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  • 1Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. fekuo@uiuc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the impact of relatively "green" or natural settings on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms across diverse subpopulations of children.

METHODS:

Parents nationwide rated the aftereffects of 49 common after-school and weekend activities on children's symptoms. Aftereffects were compared for activities conducted in green outdoor settings versus those conducted in both built outdoor and indoor settings.

RESULTS:

In this national, nonprobability sample, green outdoor activities reduced symptoms significantly more than did activities conducted in other settings, even when activities were matched across settings. Findings were consistent across age, gender, and income groups; community types; geographic regions; and diagnoses.

CONCLUSIONS:

Green outdoor settings appear to reduce ADHD symptoms in children across a wide range of individual, residential, and case characteristics.

PMID:
15333318
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1448497
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