Social Coping and Environmental Satisfaction in a University Megadorm

  • Charles J. Holahan
Part of the The Plenum Social Ecology Series book series (PSES)


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).


Social Competence Residential Life Friendship Network Residence Hall Competent Student 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles J. Holahan
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  1. 1.The University of Texas at AustinUSA

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