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ERIC Number: ED267806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Use of Personal Space in Libraries: A Review.
Wagner, Gulten
Arguing that the study of use of personal space is an important aspect of understanding the total communication process in libraries, this document reviews the literature on personal space research that has been conducted over the last 20 years. Following a general review of the roots of such research, the numerous studies that are described are presented in eight categories as they focus on: (1) seating preferences in relation to the area of the room and proximity to other people; (2) the correlation between spatial proximity and certain attitudes; (3) use of study carrels; (4) the appropriateness of three-dimensional models of personal space; (5) dyadic boundary adjustments; (6) development of models of personal space (the stress model and the systems model); (7) cultural, sexual, and age differences with respect to the use of space; and (8) space utilization between dominant versus subordinate personalities, and acquaintances versus strangers. Most of the studies reviewed were conducted in libraries. Five pages of references conclude the paper. (THC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A