Architectural features and perceptions of community residences for people with mental retardation

Travis Thompson, Julia Robinson, Mary Dietrich, Marilyn Farris, Valerie Sinclair

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Abstract

Architects, group home administrators, people with mental retardation, family members of people with mental retardation, and college undergraduates substantially agreed regarding the rated homelikeness of slides of interiors of 20 community residences for people with mental retardation ranging from institutional to homey, mean r = .87. Clusters of physical features identified using an architectural inventory were found to be associated with homelikeness ratings. Adjectives applied to rooms with these features were determined using a Q-sort method. Two factors were identified from Q-sort correlations: Homelikeness-Institutionality and Spatial Organization as well as a third variable, privacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-313
Number of pages22
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume101
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1996

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