This action research begins with an exploration of “Green Space,” a theory that claims nature has a deep and meaningful impact on the psyche. Green Space has been shown to help reduce anxiety and increase attention, creativity, and memory. The Transactional Theory Framework is examined in tandem with Green Space theory. The transactional theory is a means to evaluate the processes of coping with stress and stressful events. I applied the concept of Green Space as a primary self-care method and then collected and analyzed data. I looked at how Green Space combats stress and burnout. Additionally, I explored in what ways Green Space impacts my work as an American Sign Language/ English interpreter. I did this by viewing and/or participating in a Green Space event, collecting data via daily journaling, as well as writing pre and post journal entries, and creating work samples

Exit Requirement

Action Research

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Elisa Maroney

Committee Member

Amanda Smith


Green Space, stress, interpreting, self-care



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Subject Categories

Environmental Studies | Leisure Studies | Other Mental and Social Health | Outdoor Education | Urban Studies and Planning

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