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Therapeutic Nature Activities: A Step Toward the Labor Market for Traumatized Refugees

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Poulsen, Dorthe Varning ; Pálsdóttir, Anna María ; Christensen, Sasja Iza ; Wilson, Lotta ; Wiingaard Uldall, Sigurd. / Therapeutic Nature Activities: A Step Toward the Labor Market for Traumatized Refugees. I: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020 ; Bind 17, Nr. 20. s. 1-19.

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