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Residential Mobility Push & Pull Factors Public Deposited

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  • This thesis examined factors that contribute to residential mobility, specifically looking at which aspects of a family’s current situation pushes them out of their current home and what factors pull them into new locations. Residential mobility is of particular interest to developmental scientists because of the possible detrimental consequences for children (NRC, 2010). We examined a survey sample of 33 low-income rural households and an intensive sample of eight low-income rural families with school-aged children. Using qualitative data collected through in-depth interviews, we discovered that push and pull factors were almost equally apparent in the survey sample, in which respondents were asked to state the factors that influenced their most recent move. For the intensive sample, the families gave an account of every move that had taken place in each child’s lifetime. We found that push factors appeared more frequently that pull factors. The push factors numbered 44 and the pull only 24, out of 68 total moves. We discovered that Housing Imperative (the need for immediate housing, lack of housing or discontent) was the most commonly stated push factor in both samples. The most common pull factor in the survey sample was the Affordability of the new location, but in the intensive sample, it was a Kin Network (proximity, dependence or providing/receiving support from relatives or friends). Our findings illustrate the obstacles low-income families face in stabilizing household life and demonstrate the need for decent, safe, and affordable housing options as a means to help families stay in place.
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