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Time out in 'green retreats' and  adolescent wellbeing

by Joan Abbott-Chapman

This paper draws together key findings from recent research in Tasmania on young people's favourite places and their reasons for these choices, which relate to 'place attachment' and identity formation. The responses of the teenagers' surveyed provide insight into the widespread significance for them of taking 'time out' (Abbott-Chapman 2000) in favourite places. The findings are suggestive rather than conclusive and raise questions about the association between taking time out, favourite place and wellbeing that demand further investigation.