Values of low-income homemakers as they relate to the physical design of the house

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Mary Allison Carll (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jane H. Crow

Abstract: The purpose of this study was (1) to determine the housing values of low-income families as they relate to the physical design of the house, and (2) to compare housing values of black and white subjects. The values were further compared to determine if significant differences in housing values do exist in different geographic locations. Data were secured by a pretested value scale adapted by the investigator from existing scales. Those values tested were convenience, leisure, health, safety, family centrism, equality, privacy, personal freedom, aesthetics, social prestige, and economy. The value scale was administered to fifty-two low-income homemakers living in government-subsidized housing. One-half of the sample was drawn from housing authorities in the state of Delaware, while the other one-half was taken from a housing authority in North Carolina. The sample was further sub-divided by race, with one-half of each region being black and the other one-half being white. Results of the study revealed that the values of economy, personal freedom, social prestige as related to the neighborhood, and privacy from the neighbors, were most important to the low-income homemakers. Of least importance were family centrism, leisure, and health. Further study is needed to determine the importance of the value of safety.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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