The Effects of Site Design on Neighboring Patterns and Safety Perceptions Among Residents of University Apartments
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Thomas Van Valey
Dr. James C. Petersen
Dr. Sue Crull
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationships among site design, neighboring patterns and safety perceptions of residents of living in university housing communities at Western Michigan University.
Many previous studies have examined the impact of site on neighboring patterns and safety perceptions among residents of housing communities. However, most of these studies have been conducted to communities outside of university housing complexes. This study was developed because the college environment offers a unique perspective to occupants living in university sponsored apartments. Furthermore, residents in college housing communities tend to be diverse and transient and the impact of this diversity can considerably affect the living environment (Morris et al., 1989).
Findings in the study show that although site design was not significantly related to neighboring patterns, it did have a significant impact on safety perception.
Steinbacher, Julie L., "The Effects of Site Design on Neighboring Patterns and Safety Perceptions Among Residents of University Apartments" (1995). Masters Theses. 4171.