Mental health and urban design – zoning in on PTSD

Majd A. Gharib*, Jan A. Golembiewski, Ahmed A. Moustafa

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The review firstly explores the relationship between mental health and urban design, pursuing the role of urban design in both health promotion and illness prevention against the mental illness epidemics, by conducting a comprehensive literature search; secondly, a systematic literature search is conducted to explore the relationship between urban design and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specifically. Apparently, health in general and urban design do share a solid history, however, even though mental health/urban design relationship has been increasing over the past 20, they seem to share a weak historical relationship, and even recent research that tries to define links between the two is still preliminary. On the other hand, a gab in knowledge can be addressed regarding the relationship between PTSD and urban design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-173
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number1
Early online date30 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


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