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Three functions of the residential environment

Journal of Housing for the Elderly

Author: Lawton, M. P.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1989


Extends previous conceptions of the links between residential and psychological well-being using an ecological model of aging and the environment and the 2-factor theory of psychological well-being. Three functions of residential environments are suggested: stimulation, maintenance, and support. These are especially relevant to the elderly because biological and social aging may redefine personal needs and realign person environment transactions. A decline in competence changes the balance toward the support function. The application of these principles to actual residential choices, programs, and policies is outlined. Some residences serve one function better than another, and the environment is important because it is a vehicle for the balance of the critical elements of psychological health, positive and negative effect.

Further Details

Full Title: Journal of Housing for the Elderly
Pages: 15
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Section: 35
Accession Number: 11.3.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 11/06/2013 Hard copy discarded 11/06/2013
Keywords: older, residential environment
Reads: 224