Can neighborhood green alleviate traffic stress?

Yan Song, Gilbert C. Gee, Yingling Fan, David T. Takeuchi

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Abstract

In this chapter we explore whether perceptions of traffic stress are associated with well-being, whether neighborhood conditions may influence well-being, and more importantly, whether individual perceptions are moderated by the urban greenness. We found that individual perceptions of stress were moderated by characteristics of the neighborhoods. In particular, the results suggest that neighborhood greenness may help to protect individuals from the harmful effects of traffic stress. That is, green parklands and trees in one's community may protect against traffic stress. These findings are consonant with stress theory that posits that the impact of stressors may be buffered by resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTraffic Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Perspective
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages251-263
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781616688462
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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    Song, Y., Gee, G. C., Fan, Y., & Takeuchi, D. T. (2011). Can neighborhood green alleviate traffic stress? In Traffic Psychology: An International Perspective (pp. 251-263). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..