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Title:Housing Satisfaction Among Homeowners: An Examination of the Determinants
Author(s):Eubank, Ann Brookhart
Department / Program:Human Resources and Family Studies
Discipline:Human Resources and Family Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Home Economics
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to identify significant determinants of consumers' satisfaction with housing. It was assumed that two types of factors, (1) characteristics of the consumers and (2) attributes of housing, might influence housing satisfaction.
Utility theory provided the theoretical framework for the study. Satisfaction with housing was expected to be a function of variables representing: quantity of housing, quality of housing, price of housing, consumer characteristics, satisfaction with housing attributes, and satisfaction with environmental characteristics.
The data for this study were from responses of Champaign-Urbana area homemakers to the 1976-77 Quality of Life Survey conducted by University of Illinois family economists. The total sample selected for this study consisted of 224 homeowning, non-student, husband-present households in which the homemaker was under 70 years of age.
The primary statistical method used in the analysis was multiple regression with housing satisfaction as the dependent variable. A split sample technique was used in order to test the validity of the regression results. The number of independent variables was reduced from 39 to 28 by means of factor analysis.
Results of the multiple regression analysis indicated that in the total sample 62 per cent of the variance in the dependent variable, housing satisfaction, could be explained by five independent variables. According to the regression beta coefficients, the three most important explanatory variables were (1) satisfaction with size, (2) satisfaction with kitchen, utility space, and car storage, and (3) satisfaction with storage. The other significant variables were neighborhood satisfaction, a measure of satisfaction with environmental characteristics, and convenience of interior, a housing attribute measure. Personal characteristics of the consumer made only a minimal contribution to the explanation of variance in housing satisfaction.
Issue Date:1982
Description:142 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8218472
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1982

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