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Title: Health, Supportive Environments, and the Reasonable Person Model

Author: Kaplan, Stephen; Kaplan, Rachel;

Date: 2003

Source: American Journal of Public Health 93(9):1481-1489

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: The Reasonable Person Model is a conceptual framework that links environmental factors with human behavior. People are more reasonable, cooperative, helpful, and satisfied when the environment supports their basic informational needs. The same environmental supports are important factors in enhancing human health. We use this framework to identify the informational requirements common to various health-promoting factors that are realizable through well-designed physical environments. Environmental attractors, support of way-finding, and facilitation of social interaction all contribute to the health-relevant themes of community, crime, and mode of transportation. In addition, the nearby natural environment, although often neglected, can serve as a remarkably effective resource.

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Kaplan, Stephen; Kaplan, Rachel 2003. Health, Supportive Environments, and the Reasonable Person Model. American Journal of Public Health 93(9):1481-1489


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