Is Vegetation Cover in Key Behaviour Settings Important for Early Childhood Socioemotional Function? A Preregistered, Cross-sectional Study [post]

Lærke Mygind, Peter Elsborg, Jasper Schipperijn, Bryan Boruff, Jarrad Lum, Mads Bølling, Trine Flensborg-Madsen, Peter Bentsen, Peter Gregory Enticott, Hayley Christian
2020 unpublished
The association between vegetation cover (comprising trees, shrubs, and grassed areas) in four key behaviour settings for children aged 2-5 and socioemotional functioning was investigated (n = 1196). The results showed that emotional difficulties were inversely associated with vegetation cover in the home yard (OR: 0.81 [0.69-0.96]) and neighbourhood (OR: 0.79 [0.67-0.94]), but not in the early childhood education and care outdoor areas or neighbourhood. Enhanced risk of emotional difficulties
more » ... ssociated with lower levels of maternal education was reduced with higher percentages of home yard vegetation cover. We found no evidence of associations with conduct, hyperactivity and inattention, or peer difficulties. However, time spent playing outside was associated with reduced risk of peer difficulties and enhanced prosocial behaviours.
doi:10.31219/ fatcat:ouwhhkt7mbc33cs5l372cecj5m