Date of Award

1983

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Abstract

One of the more important aspects of most persons' lives concerns the house in which they live. It is generally concurred an American goal is to have a "decent home and suitable living environment.". The major purpose of the study was to determine factors associated with housing satisfaction. Housing satisfaction was related to selected characteristics of the residence, selected physical aspects of the dwelling, selected economic aspects of the dwelling, and to obtain selected data about housing as a basis for planning future educational programs. Data for this study were obtained through conducting telephone interviews with a prepared interview schedule. If respondents were unable to participate in the telephone interview they were presented a choice of completing a questionnaire by mail. The chi-square test was used to test for statistical significance of difference between selected variables concerning various aspects of the housing situation and overall housing satisfaction. The results were determined to be significant at the .05 level of probability. Percentages, frequency distributions and arithmetic means were calculated where appropriate. Some of the factors found to be associated with more overall housing satisfaction were: (1) Respondents very satisfied with storage for food, kitchen equipment, linens, drugs and cosmetics, regularly worn hanging clothes, outdoor recreation equipment, indoor recreation equipment, seasonal items, laundry supplies, and yard care equipment were "more satisfied" P < .01; (2) Residence which met family's needs led to "more satisfaction" P < .01; (3) Satisfaction with residence when entertaining led to "more satisfaction" P < .01; (4) Residence in good condition led to "more satisfaction" P < .01; (5) Residents who maintained their home very well were "more satisfied" P < .01; (6) Respondents with guest bedrooms were "more satisfied" P < .01; (7) Respondents with only one bedroom were "more satisfied" P < .01; (8) Home owners were "more satisfied" than renters P < .01; (9) Living in residence a longer period of time contributed to "more satisfaction" P < .01; (10) Respondents with older children were "more satisfied" P < .01; (11) Households without children were "more satisfied" P < .01; (12) Older respondents were "more satisfied" P < .01.

Pages

217

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