Residential Satisfaction as an Intervening Variable in Residential Mobility

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JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact Springer, Population Association of America are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Demography This content downloaded from on Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:07:31 UTC All use subject to Abstract-The stress-threshold model (Wolpert, 1965; Brown and Moore, 1970) assumes that people do not consider moving unless they experience residentia,l stress. This paper develops a, similar model of residential mobility in which residential satisfaction acts as an intervening variable between individual and residence variables and mobility. The model is tested with data from a panel study of Rhoide Island residents. The results indicate that residential satisfaction at the first interview is related to the wish to move and to mobility in the year following the interview. Individual and residence characteristics such as age of head, duration of residence, home ownership, and room crowding are shown to affect mobil-ity through their effect on residential satisfaction.

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  • Alden Speare

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