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TitlePatrick Manor : a case study of environment and subjective life satisfaction
AuthorWhite, Gerald J., 1959-
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1996. Sociology
Paginationviii, 155 leaves : ill.
SubjectAging--Social aspects; Older people--Psychology; Satisfaction; Older people--Dwellings
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Sociology.
NotesBibliography: leaves 146-152.
AbstractThe 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.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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