This study seeks to understand how the physical home environment affects psychological well-being for stay-at-home mothers. By asking What does well-being in the home mean? Are there physical characteristics or features in the home environment that increase well-being? Are there physical characteristics or features in the home environment that decrease well-being? Face-to-face interviews, observation, and photo elicitation were used to collect data. The sample consisted of 14 stay-at-home mothers who had one or more children from birth to five years of age. Kreitzer's (2012) well-being model was used as a conceptual framework that informed questions and directed analysis. Findings showed that space, access to nature, personalization, and privacy/retreat were important for well-being in the mothers' homes, while clutter and lack of cleanliness detracted from well-being.
University of Minnesota M.S. thesis. February 2014. Major: Design. Advisor: Denise A. Guerin, Ph.D. 1 computer file (PDF); ix, 136 pages.
Scott, Angelita L..
Understanding psychological well-being and the home environment: a qualitative exploration.
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