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


Journal of Trauma & Treatment

Author(s): Gonzalez MT, Hartig T, Patil GG, Martinsen EW, Kirkevold M

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Abstract 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. This article was published in Issues Ment Health Nurs and referenced in Journal of Trauma & Treatment

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