Date Approved

3-2012

Date Posted

4-22-2013

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Engineering Technology

Committee Member

Shinming Shyu, Ph.D., R.A., LEED AP, Chair

Committee Member

Jiang Lu, Ph.D

Committee Member

Maria Sipos, MA, NCIDQ

Committee Member

Steven Webber M-arch, NCIDQ

Abstract

The role of housing quality and housing location in children’s development are of great importance, as these issues may affect their outcomes later in life. Housing and neighborhood conditions include but are not limited to housing costs, residential layout, and neighborhood surroundings. These characteristics could determine whether or not the physical condition of the house is healthy and safe, and if the neighborhood in which the house is located is free from danger, all of which have an effect on their development.

This research paper goes into a detailed examination of how the characteristics of children’s home and neighborhood conditions and environments affect their physical health, social-emotional well-being, and cognitive development with an emphasis on those children who live in low-income housing and communities. From there, it offers strategies and solutions that interior designers and even parents can use while designing an environments for children. It also discusses programs wherein parents can become involved in order to help make their communities a safe and stimulating area for their children to grow up in.

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