Residential Dwelling

Repercussions of Parents’ Concerns About Neighborhoods (01-05-17)

Researchers at Louisiana State University have studied links between parents’ concerns about neighborhoods and the amount of time their children spend playing outdoors.  The scientists report, in a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, that “parents who are concerned about their neighborhoods restrict their children’s outdoor play. . . . ‘Parents who do not trust their neighbors or feel they have no control over neighborhood problems were more likely to restrict their child’s outdoor play,’ says lead author Maura Kepper, PhD. . .

Better Housing, A Negative Effect (09-28-16)

Vaid and Evans have learned that all of the repercussions of moving to “better” housing are not necessarily positive.  As they detail, “Slum rehabilitation programs in economically developing countries are designed to improve housing and enhance residents’ health and well-being.”  During their study “Housing quality was assessed by trained raters on a walk-through among women in public housing as well as those currently in slums on wait-lists to relocate to public housing.

Children’s Territories (08-23-16)

Children need a space they can claim as their own, just as adults do. Palludan and Winther confirmed via research with children and young people, some as young as 6 years old that “Children have dreams and expectations of establishing a space by way of having their own room and stuff, and they implement this desire for ownership through specific strategies to obtain material presence and leave territorial marks.”

Sunlight and Wellbeing, at Home (07-06-16)

Swanson and her team have found that psychological wellbeing levels are higher when people have more sunlight in their homes.  During research conducted in Scotland, the researchers estimated how much natural light could possibly enter a home, factoring in window size and orientation, if anything (such as furniture) was blocking the flow of light into a home and occupant behavior.  They called their estimate “annual sunlight opportunity.”  Calculations identified “a significant positive association between well-being and annual indoor sunlight opportunity but no relationship between sunligh


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