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Determining Emotional Effects of Pet Plants Through Analysis of Daily Gardening Records

가드닝 일지 분석을 통한 반려식물이 정서면에 미치는 효과

  • Kim, Hee-Seog (Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental Technology, Graduate School, Gangneung-Wonju National University) ;
  • Cho, Tae-Dong (Dept. of Environmental Landscape Architecture, Gangneung-Wonju National University)
  • 김희석 (강릉원주대학교 대학원 환경기술협동과정) ;
  • 조태동 (강릉원주대학교 환경조경학과)
  • Received : 2018.07.12
  • Accepted : 2018.08.28
  • Published : 2018.09.30

Abstract

This study aims to measure the emotional effects of pet plants, which have become popular in recent years. A questionnaire regarding perceptions of these indoor plants was administered to 78 university students. Thirty of these students took care of two species of pet plants for 90 days, and the emotional effects of this exercise were determined based on the type of words used in their daily records. The questionnaire results showed that the general recognition of emotional effects was low, though awareness of the term "pet plants" was high. However, after gardening for 90 days, participants began to consider their pet plants friends or family members, noting feelings of affection and sympathy in their daily writeups. These participants also experienced positive changes in their emotional well-being, including feelings of joy, hope, relaxation, confidence, and accomplishment. This study argues that pet plants can have positive effects on emotional stability and suggests that their adoption would be beneficial to humanity at large.

Keywords

Emotion word;Companion;Indoor plant;Gardening activity;Mental feeling;Communication

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