White, Gerald J. (1995) Patrick Manor : a case study of environment and subjective life satisfaction. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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The objective of this thesis was to explore how living in an age-segregated complex affected the life satisfaction of its residents. Specifically, I examined those physical and social factors in a senior citizens' complex which increased or decreased subjective life satisfaction. The decline in physical health and the loss of relatives and friends increases the importance of special housing for seniors. -- Using a case study and symbolic interactionist approach, I interviewed and observed over twenty seniors in Patrick Manor over a four-year period and found that many of the residents were satisfied with their lives. Much of this contentment could be attributed to their physical environment which provided a sense of worth, security, and friendship. The residents of Patrick Manor were allowed to choose from the varied activities which took place at the complex, or to continue a lifestyle that was oriented towards the everyday activities outside of the complex. -- In the course of my research I discovered a number of adaptations by residents which were based on attachment to the complex. Each adaptation type used the complex in varying degrees. This adaptation ranged from using the complex as a dormitory with only infrequent interaction with other residents, to one in which the resident was almost completely immersed within the microcosm of the complex. -- The case study provided a means of understanding ways in which seniors manipulate their environments to achieve life satisfaction. Through their eyes we can determine whether those housing environments intended to ensure a good quality of life actually accomplish their purposes.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Bibliography: leaves 146-152.|
|Department(s):||Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||Aging--Social aspects; Older people--Psychology; Satisfaction; Older people--Dwellings|
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