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Canadian Journal of Higher Education, v35 n3 p83-99 2005

This study was designed to measure affective, behavioral, and cognitive variables in a sample of 3159 first-year students, and to compare these variables by the type of residence building in which the student lived. Students living in suite-style buildings reported a greater sense of belonging, and higher activity levels than students living in dormitory-style buildings. Furthermore, sense of belonging was predicted by high extraversion and low conscientiousness. This suggests that introverted, conscientious students living in traditional dormitory-style buildings may be most at-risk of feeling "out-of-place" in residence.

Descriptors: Dormitories, College Freshmen, College Housing, On Campus Students, Student Surveys, Student Behavior, Student Attitudes, Context Effect, Personality, Foreign Countries

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Author: Rodger, Susan C.; Johnson, Andrew W.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4923&id=EJ771030



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