A review article written by Kati Pitkänen, Jenni Lehtimäki and Riikka Puhakka has been published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Contact with nature is associated with numerous psychological, physiological and social health and well-being benefits. Outdoor recreation, such as rural second home tourism, provides extensive exposure to the natural environment, but research around health impacts of this exposure is scattered. The paper reviews current research on health and well-being impacts of nature and discusses how the characteristics of rural second home environments and their use and users can affect these potential impacts. Further research is needed on health and well-being impacts of rural second homes.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: How do Rural Second Homes Affect Human Health and Well-being? Review of Potential Impacts