Title page for ETD etd-31898-111713


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Guitner, Staci J.
Author's Email Address sguitner@vt.edu
URN etd-31898-111713
Title Valued Spaces of Adolescents in a Rural Community
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Benfield, Ernest Fredrick Committee Chair
Gilboy, Elizabeth Committee Member
Mitchell, Larry D. Committee Member
Reinholtz, Charles F. Committee Member
Rogers, Cosby Steele Committee Member
Keywords
  • valued places
  • adolescence
  • rural communities
Date of Defense 1998-04-07
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study was conducted with the recognition that adolescence is a developmental stage in the human life cycle and that during this stage adolescents have unique outdoor needs and preferences. In general, the social and emotional needs of adolescents require that their environments provide opportunity for companionship. Within this context, the purpose of this study was to provide designers with information that can be used to assess environmental preferences. With this information at hand, a landscape architect can begin to understand the intricacies of designing a place for adolescents that supports their developmental needs and will be a place that they enjoy.

This study was a partial replication of a study Venues and Values conducted by Patsy Eubanks Owens (1987) in which the valued spaces of suburban teens in California were explored. Rather than studying suburban adolescents, this study focuses on rural adolescents in a southwest Virginia town. Adolescents at a local high school are used as the subjects for this study. They were asked to take photographs of their two most valued outdoor spaces. A questionnaire was then given to each student to gain information about characteristics of each valued space.

This study was a partial replication of a study Venues and Values conducted by Patsy Eubanks Owens (1987) in which the valued spaces of suburban teens in California were explored. Rather than studying suburban adolescents, this study focuses on rural adolescents in a southwest Virginia town. Adolescents at a local high school are used as the subjects for this study. They were asked to take photographs of their two most valued outdoor spaces. A questionnaire was then given to each student to gain information about characteristics of each valued space.

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