In a year-long study of 500 male prison inmates placed in restrictive housing, researchers found that watching videos of nature imagery were linked to lowered stress levels and a significant decrease in the number of disciplinary referrals due to violent infractions.
Inmates’ self-report on their emotional responses agree with the study’s overall findings. A great majority of the participants reported feeling calmer and felt better for sustained periods. They also stated that they enjoyed more positive relationships with prison staff.
This study adds to the growing literature on nature-based interventions and on nature exposure within urban spaces.
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Nadkarni, N, Schnacker, L, Hasbach, P., Thys, T., & Crockett, E. (2017). From Orange to Blue How Nature Imagery Affects Inmates in the Blue Room, Corrections Today, Jan/Feb 2017, 36-40.