Type of Document Dissertation Author Al-Najadah, Ali Saleh URN etd-06062008-144756 Title The impact of oil-related pollution on housing satisfaction of Kuwaiti households Degree PhD Department Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Goss, Rosemary Carucci Committee Chair Bowker, Jeanette E. Committee Member McLain-Kark, Joan H. Committee Member Muffo, John A. Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1996-05-07 Availability restricted Abstract
The 1991 oil fires that were set by the Iraqis as they retreated from Kuwait during the Gulf War are still considered the worst and biggest oil fires in the history of the world. An initial study was conducted in 1992 to investigate the negative effects of the pollution caused by the oil fires on the socio-psychological values of housing and the cultural meanings of home and homeownership of Kuwaiti households. In 1994, a follow-up study was conducted to examine how time between the two studies and treatments of residential interiors and exteriors might have affected Kuwaiti households' perceptions regarding the negative effects of ORP on the socio-psychological values of housing, cultural meanings of home and homeownership, and housing satisfaction.
Three-hundred and forty-seven non-smoking and non-institutionalized Kuwaiti household members participated in the follow-up study. Only eighty-nine of the participants in the follow-up study has also participated in the initial study. All the participants were 18 years or older, and were randomly selected from 60 different cities and suburbs in Kuwait. Six trained interviewers collected the data via telephone using survey questionnaires constructed specifically for that purpose.
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