Blue Spaces as Resources for Health and Wellbeing: Survey Comparisons of Indoor and Outdoor Settings from Ireland

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.12795/rea.2020.i39.01

Palabras clave:

salud, bienestar, espacio azul, canales, playas, piscinas

Resumen

En los últimos años se ha producido un aumento del interés en espacios azules, especialmente evidente en la investigación basada en la naturaleza asociada con el potencial de las aguas oceánicas, costeras e interiores para mejorar la salud y el bienestar. Este artículo aborda estudios irlandeses que comparan espacios azules interiores y exteriores para comunidades de usuarios y prácticas diferentes. Los estudios emplean metodologías cualitativas que incluyen entrevistas, observación y visitas, para llevar a cabo una especie de ‘captura de sitio’ en tres diferentes tipos de espacio azul. El primer estudio, realizado en una piscina cubierta en Dublín Oeste, identifica los beneficios y el valor de la natación como práctica saludable, de tres diferentes cohortes de población encuestada (n=79). El segundo estudio, de un único espacio de un canal en las Midlands, analiza los beneficios identificados por usuarios habituales mixtos, incluidos Park Runners (corredores de parque), de los blue-ways(vías azules) al lado del Canal Real (n=12). Un tercer estudio, recoge las opiniones de los usuarios in situ de dos espacios azules muy diferentes, el canal y la playa, en el centro y sur de Dublín (n=8). Lo que se desprende de estas investigaciones son complejos grupos de resultados terapéuticos identificados tanto en términos de salud como de bienestar, que reflejan las diversas perspectivas/valoraciones de los usuarios de los diferentes tipos de espacios azules.  Así, este trabajo recoge aportaciones a la literatura científica sobre la identificación de las dimensiones de la promoción de la salud y de la reducción de la misma atendiendo al nivel de la utilización de los espacios azules, así como los puntos comunes y las variaciones en la forma en que los usuarios valoran explícitamente los espacios azules. Temas claves adicionales que subyacen en este trabajo hacen referencia además al autodescubrimiento, la socialización y la recuperación como elementos que permitan entrever el potencial de estudios cualitativos que se dirijan a las comunidades azules de usuarios de un lugar, con la finalidad de sustentar e informar a la política de salud pública y promover la resiliencia de la salud tanto en Irlanda, como en otros países

 

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Biografía del autor/a

Maedhbh McNamara, Universidad Nacional de Irlanda Maynooth

Departamento de Geografia

Ailise Murphy, Universidad Nacional de Irlanda Maynooth

Departamento de Geografia

Fiona Dowler, Universidad Nacional de Irlanda Maynooth

Departamento de Geografia

Ronan Foley, Universidad Nacional de Irlanda Maynooth

Departamento de Geografia

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2020-02-25

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McNamara, M., Murphy, A., Dowler, F., & Foley, R. (2020). Blue Spaces as Resources for Health and Wellbeing: Survey Comparisons of Indoor and Outdoor Settings from Ireland. Revista De Estudios Andaluces, (39), 8–22. https://doi.org/10.12795/rea.2020.i39.01