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02.23.2015

More access to green space, less depression, study finds

Twin Registry bolsters data relating neighborhoods and health

School of Public Health  |  Updated 9:45 AM, 02.23.2015

Posted in: Research

  • A woman enjoys the serenity of The Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing. Bryon Lippincott
Greater access to green space is associated with less depression, according to a new study of twins from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Epidemiology Ph.D. student Hannah Cohen-Cline found that, within pairs of twins, the twin who lived in or around more dense vegetation had a lower risk of depression. Studying twins allowed researchers to examine the association between green space and mental health without potential influences of genetic or childhood family-environment.

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