|Parents and kids in cohousing (Paula Manley)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Greg Bamford (g.bamfordmailbox.uq.oz.au)|
|Date: Thu, 4 Jan 1996 03:32:42 -0600|
Paula Manley (30/12/95) asked about the benefits for kids growing up in cohousing, and some of the differences parents experience who move to cohousing. I can't speak as someone who lives in cohousing but only as a guest. Early last year ('95), I spent two months on study leave in Denmark and The Netherlands doing research on children in cohousing with such questions in mind (as well as looking at cohousing for the elderly). It was my second visit to these countries looking at cohousing. Amongst other things, I did about 50 interviews this time with parents, young adults and teenagers in cohousing (principally with the latter two). I don't have anything to show for this work yet (apart from a box of tapes, notes, slides and drawings!), and it was only scratching the surface, but I will be writing it up in stages over the next 9 months. For the majority of kids (in my small sample) the experience has been at least positive, and for many it was clearly one of the best things about their childhood. Will keep you posted when I can contribute some more. Greg Bamford Department of Architecture The University of Queensland 4072 Brisbane, Queensland Australia. ----------------------oooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo----------------- Dr Greg Bamford University of Queensland Department of Architecture 61-7-365 3845
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