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Doctor of Philosophy


Family Environment

First Advisor

Earl W. Morris

Second Advisor

Joyce M. Mercier


The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate a longitudinal model of determinants of housing status and relationships among those determining variables and housing status over the family life cycle of urban households in Oaxaca, a secondary city of Mexico. A stratified systematic sample of 633 was drown from civil areas representing typical housing morphology and social lives in 1986-1987. For the analyses, the original questionnaire data were transformed into longitudinal yearly record of each household's life, beginning at the date the household was formed by marriage. In the longitudinal model of housing status, it was observed that there are significant effects of family life cycle and calendar year. In the long run, most of the households in Oaxaca city obtained owned single-detached dwelling units. In addition, recently formed households are more likely to live in owned single detached dwelling units than marriage cohort before the 1960s. Thus, the first hypothesis that there is a rhythmical transition in housing status over the family life cycle is accepted. In multiple regression analysis and probit analysis, it was observed that housing status (tenure, structure type and number of rooms) is significantly related to household characteristics (age, time, marital status and household size). The explaining power of the independent variables on the housing status is supported by R-square of more than 20%. Thus, the second hypothesis that the housing status is a function of household characteristics and time since marriage is accepted.



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