Affordances of Ward and Garden in the Restorative Process of Hospitalized Children

Said, Ismail and Abu Bakar, Mohd Sarofil (2008) Affordances of Ward and Garden in the Restorative Process of Hospitalized Children. Journal of Therapeutic Horticulure.

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Abstract

This study examines the differences between a hospital ward and its garden relative to restorative care of hospitalized children. The functionally significant properties of the environment perceived by an individual are called affordances. Restoration is defined as a positive shift of three areas of functioning—cognitive, physical, and social—which are directly influenced by the affordances of the two settings, ward and garden. Behavior responses of 31 patients, indicating their functioning, were elicited from patients and their caregivers using behavioral mapping, interviews, and survey questionnaires. It was found that the garden provided five times more positive affordances and half as many negative affordances as the ward. These differences suggest that the garden effectively shifted the functioning of the patients from low to higher levels—leading to restoration.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:54
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:54
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/230

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