Home Dissatisfaction, Body Image, and Sociocultural Attitudes: An Exploratory Study

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This article explores home dissatisfaction using methods modelled on those used to understand negative body image and its causes. We found that a substantial proportion of UK participants (13–39%) expressed dissatisfaction with their homes. Although the strongest association was between home dissatisfaction and reported physical problems, there was evidence that dissatisfaction is also predicted by experiencing pressure from the media and your family to improve your home, as well as reporting a greater tendency to compare your home to others’. The results of the study provide initial evidence for a sociocultural explanation of home dissatisfaction, analogous to sociocultural explanations of body dissatisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalHousing, Theory and Society
Early online date26 Jun 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jun 2023

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  • Housing satisfaction
  • residential satisfaction
  • body image
  • phenomenology
  • sociocultural attitudes
  • ontological security

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