A qualitative study of parental strategies to enable pre-school children's outdoor and nature experiences during COVID-19 restrictions

Anne Martin*, Joanne Clarke, Avril Johnstone, Paul McCrorie, Rebecca Langford, Sharon Anne Simpson, Ruth R Kipping

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Abstract

Outdoor and nature experiences including play have been shown to be beneficial for children's physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Parents/carers play an important role in encouraging or impeding their child's access to the outdoor environment and participation in outdoor play. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on free movement and social interactions placed an unprecedented pressure on families to manage the drastic change in their daily routines. This paper reports findings from two combined data sets generated in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides a deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of how contextual factors influence parenting processes and outcomes relating to young children's outdoor and nature experiences and subsequent child health. Findings have the potential to inform the messaging of existing outdoor play policies and the content of new interventions aiming to promote the exposure of children to the natural outdoor environment.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102967
JournalHealth and Place
Volume79
Early online date2 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the NIHR School for Public Health Research and NIHR funding for the NAP SACC UK trial (2019–3426), UK Medical Research Council ( MC_UU_12017/14 , MC_UU_00022/1 , MC_UU_12017/10 , MC_UU_00022/4 ) and Scottish Chief Scientist Office ( SPHSU14 , SPHSU16 , SPHSU10 , SPHSU19 ). The funders had no role in the design, conduct, analysis or interpretation of the research.

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