Association between greenspace and depressive symptoms among young adults in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

POFO team group photo

Project member(s):

  • Hiwot Zewdie (MSc-GH student)
    Amy Hobbie (Study team member, Duke)
    Berhanu Kenea (Study team member, SVO)*
    Chimdi Temesgen (Study team member, SVO)
    Christine Gray (Investigator)*
    Jan Ostermann (Principal Investigator)
    Kathryn Whetten (Principal Investigator)*
    Misganaw Eticha (Principal Investigator)*
    Tolesa Bekele (Study team member, SVO)*
    Wesene Molla (Study team member, SVO)*

    *Pictured

Faculty mentor:

Community partners:

  • Stand For Vulnerable Organization, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Association between greenspace and depressive symptoms among young adults in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Project overview

Greenspaces have shown to promote psychological health; however, they are understudied in regions facing epidemiologic and demographic shifts towards increased mental illness burden and a more urban population, including Ethiopia. To our knowledge, this is the first study to date exploring greenspaces in the context of any  mental health outcome in Ethiopia, and one of few conducted on the African continent. This study characterizes greenspace distribution in Addis Ababa using global and local tests of spatial clustering, and estimates the overall and stratified (i.e. income and sex) associations between greenspace exposure and depression symptomology among young adults living in Addis Ababa. 

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