- This study was designed (1) to determine if selected family
oriented factors influence student wives' housing satisfaction, (2) to
determine which housing factors have the greatest influence on the
student wives' satisfaction with their housing, (3) to determine which
housing factors influence most the selection of married student housing,
(4) to determine if married undergraduate students attending
Oregon State University have difficulty finding satisfactory housing
due to limited financial resources and a limited number and variety
of rental units from which to choose, and (5) to obtain a description
of married student rental housing.
The participants in this study were the wives of undergraduate
students attending Oregon State University and residing in
non-university-owned rental housing with a Corvallis, Oregon address,
The sample was selected systematically and numbered 40 in
An interview schedule was used in collecting data pertaining to
family-oriented factors, financial resources, cost of housing, satisfaction
with housing, description of housing, housing factors consociated with selection of housing and housing factors consociated
with housing satisfaction.
Fifty-two percent of the participants were employed full-time
outside the home. Over 50 percent of the couples had one or more
children, had been married two or more years, had resided in their
present dwelling less than one year, and had moved one or more
times in Corvallis.
Sixty-two percent of the wives expressed satisfaction with their
rental housing. Two-thirds of the wives indicating dissatisfaction
with their present housing planned to move within the next few
The family-oriented factor, mobility of married students in
Corvallis, appeared to influence the wives' satisfaction with their
housing. The wives who had moved one or more times in Corvallis
expressed more satisfaction with their housing than those wives who
had not moved. Employment of the wife outside the home provided the greatest
financial assistance for one-half of the families. Thirty-five percent
of the wives cited annual incomes for their families of less than
Forty percent of the wives interviewed estimated that their
housing costs--rent, utilities, and transportation to campus--totaled
$110 or more per month.
Fifty-five percent of the families were residing in houses or
duplexes. Seventy percent of the families were residing in dwellings
not meeting the minimum space requirements for their family size
as recommended by the American Public Health Association.
Two-thirds of the wives felt that when selecting their
present housing there was not an adequate number and variety of
rental units from which to choose. Three-fifths of the wives in this
study said they had difficulty locating a dwelling within their financial
The housing factors--cost, location and amount of space within
the dwelling--were indicated by the participants in this study as
most influential factors in selection of rental housing.
At least three-fourths of the 40 wives considered cost, amount
of space within the dwelling, amount of storage space, and whether
the unit was furnished or unfurnished as important housing factors
when selecting their present rental units.
At least three-fourths of the 40 wives were satisfied with the
following housing factors: location, cost, adequacy of daylight, unit
furnished or unfurnished, laundry facilities provided or nearby,
number of bedrooms, size of bedrooms and adequacy of ventilation.
Satisfaction with the selected housing factors--freedom from
bothersome noise, privacy, amount of space within the dwelling, and
number of bedrooms--appeared to influence the wives' satisfaction
with housing. The majority of wives satisfied with these factors expressed
satisfaction with their housing. The majority of wives dissatisfied
with these factors expressed dissatisfaction with their