Children and Nature

  • Sarah A. Hechter
  • Stephen T. Fife
Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)


Children today (who live in a modern and digital society) experience the greatest disconnection from nature than any generation in history. This chapter examines how the separation from nature, coupled with being heavily indoctrinated into the web of technology, is linked to many of the common ailments that children suffer from today including ADHD and attentional problems, depression, anxiety, obesity, and impaired social development. Clinical interventions are presented for how therapists can incorporate nature into the therapy process with children and families, both as an antidote to nature deficit, and also because engagement with nature tends to be therapeutic even in cases where nature deficit is not part of the presenting issue.


Children and nature deficit Ecotherapy with children ADHD, depression, anxiety and nature deficit Technological addiction and children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah A. Hechter
    • 1
  • Stephen T. Fife
    • 2
  1. 1.Addo Recovery: RainbowLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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