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Research & Study

Explore the rigorous research and scientific studies that substantiate the effectiveness of Nature Informed Therapy (NIT). This page presents a collection of research, beginning with our seminal study on the therapy's impact in substance use disorder treatment and expanding to include various other contexts and benefits.

Featured Study: Impact of NIT in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Objective:

Evaluate the effectiveness of NIT in enhancing mental health outcomes in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment settings. Key Findings:

  • Increased Attention and Cognitive Function

  • Reduced Stress and Anxiety

  • Enhanced Self-Efficacy

  • Improved Mood and Emotional Regulation

  • Prosocial Behavior and Empathy

Connection to Nature

Metodology

Evaluate the effectiveness of NIT in enhancing mental health outcomes in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment settings. Key Findings:

  • Increased Attention and Cognitive Function

  • Reduced Stress and Anxiety

  • Enhanced Self-Efficacy

  • Improved Mood and Emotional Regulation

  • Prosocial Behavior and Empathy

Connection to Nature

Metodology

Utilized a one-group retrospective post-then-pre questionnaire design. 

Statistical Significance and Effect Sizes:

Reported large effect sizes and statistically significant improvements across various outcomes.

Limitations:

Noted the absence of a control group and reliance on self-reported measures.

Study Summary

The report evaluates the implementation of Nature Informed Therapy (NIT) within a substance use disorder (SUD) treatment setting. The evaluation focused on a one-group retrospective post-then-pre questionnaire design, which assessed changes in six key outcomes: increased attention, decreased stress and anxiety, increased self-efficacy, improved mood, increased prosocial behavior, and connection to nature. The results showed statistically significant improvements in all measured outcomes, with large effect sizes indicated by Cohen's d values . Despite these positive findings, the report acknowledges several limitations such as the lack of a control group, reliance on self-reported measures, and the absence of randomization, which may overestimate the effectiveness of the program. The report suggests considering these factors critically when interpreting the results. Additionally, the study highlighted a significant improvement in client engagement and treatment retention, suggesting that integrating NIT could enhance SUD treatment outcomes . Overall, the findings support the integration of Nature Informed Therapy in substance use disorder treatment, highlighting both its benefits and the need for rigorous methodological approaches in future research to confirm these results.

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