Preference, identification, dependence and the decision to move

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Helen L. Ginn (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David Mitchell

Abstract: This study examines the dimensions underlying the decision to move. The components of three dimensions of residential choice and the way that individuals evaluate these dimensions comprise the basis of the study. A distinction is made between the socio-economic components of residential choice, factors associated with style of life or "tastes," and affective components (i.e., feelings of being at home or community). These are labelled as dependence, preference, and identification, respectfully. Factor analysis supported the labelling of these three distinct dimensions of choice. Subsequent analysis shows the relationship between each dimension with movers and stayers, as well as by social class. The findings suggest that dependence factors are the most important considerations for the decision to move. However, when dependence is low, preference and identification also become distinct dimensions of residential choice. Furthermore, the importance of preference, identification, and dependence are distinguishable by social class.

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Language: English
Date: 1977
Moving, Household $x Decision making
Moving, Household $x Psychological aspects

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