ERIC Number: ED037189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Personality Characteristics and Student Housing.
Yonge, George; Regan, Mary
This study aimed to determine relationships between a student's personality characteristics and his choice of a living residence while a senior at the University of California, Davis. A phenomological approach--or, the idea that a person's actions and decisions reveal something about his personality--was used. Data for the study were derived from 2 Omnibus Personality Inventory (OPI) tests and a background questionnaire administered to all seniors. Five types of housing were considered: small houses (1 or 2 bedrooms); large houses (3 or more bedrooms); apartments; dormitories; and fraternity houses (men only). Among men, intellectually oriented individuals tended to live in large houses, while "collegiate" men tended to live in fraternity houses. Among women, esthetically oriented individuals tended to live in small houses, although those living in large houses tended to be very self-expressive. Students living in other types of residences showed no distinctive personality characteristics as a group. Although the study revealed relationships between some personality variables and choices of residence among senior students, the authors urge readers not to generalize the findings at Davis to other campuses. (DS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.