Mental Health, Covid-19, Houseplants, Therapeutic Horticulture, Students, College, University, Portland State, Dorms, Isolation, Loneliness, Support
In this study, students who lived in dorms around the lockdown period of Portland State University, March 2020—September 2021, were interviewed about their experience and how their houseplants affected their mental health. This was done via in-person interviews and an online focus group. Houseplants were found to support students’ mental health by encouraging a regular routine, providing opportunities for responsibility, adding aesthetic value, and serving as a general indicator of mental health. All of the participants recommended houseplants as a mental health support to their fellow students.
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"Houseplants as Mental Health Supports for Dorm Occupants During the Lockdown Period at Portland State University,"
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