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dc.contributor.authorWhite, Stephen Layne
dc.description.abstractThe United States is losing natural areas, green space, and farmland at an alarming rate. From 1992 to 1997 the conversion to suburbia happened at a rate of 2.2 million acres per year, almost double the annual loss of the previous decade. Certainly, we are losing a significant component of our heritage and straining our planet. Ultimately, and most profoundly, the loss may adversely affect human well-being. This thesis attempts to answer the question: Is there a correlation between historic farmland and stress as a component of well-being? The research began with a survey of literature. The project’s centerpiece consisted of a survey meant for 1,500 university students, which asked them to respond to slides depicting historic agricultural landscapes through a depression scale. The student survey showed a trend toward a correlation and encourages more powerful studies. The intention of this work is to trigger research on a large scale that forges statistically significant correlations between all types of historic sites and mental, physical, and social well-being. Hopefully, the offspring of this study will inspire in our citizenry a quantifiably higher quality of life and a more dutiful regard for environmental stewardship.
dc.subjectlandscape and health, landscapes and well-being, healthy environment, healthy places, nature, historic places, historic places and health, historic places and well-being, historic places and quality of life, well-being, quality of life
dc.titleHistoric agricultural landscapes and stress
dc.title.alternativea preliminary examination of the correlation between human well-being and historic places
dc.description.departmentCollege of Environment and Design
dc.description.majorHistoric Preservation
dc.description.advisorJohn C. Waters
dc.description.committeeJohn C. Waters
dc.description.committeeDavid Spooner
dc.description.committeeIan Firth
dc.description.committeeWayde Brown

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