Social Coping and Environmental Satisfaction in a University Megadorm
Pressed by the demands of both restricted funds and limited space, university planners have demonstrated an increasing proclivity toward viewing the high-rise megadorm as a ready solution for students’ residential housing needs. This decision is particularly disturbing as a number of recent research studies concerned with quality of life in student residential environments have reported reduced satisfaction with the living environment and social atmosphere in high-rise megadorms in contrast to low-rise dormitory settings. Some findings have, for example, pointed to less positive social behavior and group cooperation (Bickman, Teger, Gabriele, McLaughlin, Berger, & Sunaday, 1973) in high- as opposed to low-rise student housing. In addition, crowding in dormitory settings has been shown to relate to increased stress along with decreased social contact (Valins & Baum, 1973), more negative ratings of living space (Eoyang, 1974), and more negative interpersonal attitudes (Baron, Mandel, Adams, & Griffen, 1976).
KeywordsSocial Competence Residential Life Friendship Network Residence Hall Competent Student
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