Home-like architectural features of residential environments

T. Thompson, Julia W Robinson, M. Graff, R. Ingenmey

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Adults who had no experience in the area of mental retardation viewed slides of residential settings, five providing housing for people with mental retardation, and rated their 'home-likeness' (1 = home-like, 5 = institutional). Of 55 two-way comparisons, the mean home-likeness ratings of 48 such pairs differed significantly from one another. A .98 log-linear correlation was found between number of residents in a given facility and institutional ratings. Of 26 features of living rooms studied in detail, furniture position, lighting type, and lighting flexibility were highly correlated with home-likeness, whereas building code-specific features and seating type were minimally related to home-likeness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-341
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


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