Quantifying the Interview Questions

At this point in my project, I am looking at the data by quantifying the answers to the questions I have posed in the interviews. What I have learned from the community is that women do attend the community meetings. I posed this question, in the last 6 months have you attended a community meeting? 77.77% of women said that they had attended a community meeting. 66.66% of women attended a community meeting in the last 6 months. Attendance is not the same as participation. I have defined that participation entails an active role . In the questions I posed, I asked if the women had spoken at the community meeting. Of the women who said that they had attended a community meeting in the last 6 months, 22.22% of them said that they did not speak because they did not feel comfortable/confident. The theme of conversation is an influence on whether or not the women speak at the community meeting. Additionally, women think that the theme of the conversation influences if other women speak at the community meeting. In regards to women having more influence over issues in the community, 70.37% said that women have more influence over issues pertaining to health or education. The last questions concerned with women gender roles are still to be analyzed and quantified, however, I am satisfied with the progress so far. In my next post I will talk more specifically on what the answers to the questions mean in a qualitative sense.

ParkRx: Prescribing Outdoor Parks for Mental Health

Professor Dorothy Ibes, our research advisor, has been working to create a database of parks in the Greater Williamsburg Area that can be prescribed to patients by medical professionals and psychologists. There is substantial ecotherapy evidence supporting the hypothesis that spending time outdoors can be healing and that the outdoors are an untapped medical resource. The hope is that getting the medical community involved in encouraging people to spend time outside can increase awareness of the benefits of outdoor time on mental and physical health and start a movement within the broader medical community to include nature in treatment plans for patients.

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Getting the Programs Ready

This research focuses on the dynamical system A-Pt where A and P are both matrices.

When A and P are 2 by 2 matrices:

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Researching Ecotherapy: Some Interesting Discoveries!

Darrien (my research partner) and I spent much of our time this summer compiling scientific research on different fields within ecotherapy. These include: animal-assisted therapy, benefits for children, economic benefits, exposure to greenspaces (including living near greenspaces), forest bathing, gardening, green exercise, indoor plants, indoor light therapy, viewing images of nature, window views of nature, nature views, nature walks, negative ion exposure, plant scents, sounds of nature, and wilderness therapy. I had not heard of several of these research topics before this summer, so it was interesting to learn how widespread the research in ecotherapy is, especially because it gets very little attention or acknowledgment.

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