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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2011;32(1):73-81. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2010.528168.

A prospective study of existential issues in therapeutic horticulture for clinical depression.

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Norwegian University of Life Sciences, ├ůs, Norway.


Two studies with single-group design (Study 1 N = 18, Study 2 N = 28) addressed whether horticultural activities ameliorate depression severity and existential issues. Measures were obtained before and after a 12-week therapeutic horticulture program and at 3-month follow-up. In both studies, depression severity declined significantly during the intervention and remained low at the follow-up. In both studies the existential outcomes did not change significantly; however, the change that did occur during the intervention correlated (rho > .43) with change in depression severity. Participants' open-ended accounts described the therapeutic horticulture experience as meaningful and influential for their view of life.

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