Date of Award


Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts



Committee Member

Paul Harris

Committee Member

John Houston and Matthew Forsythe


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between privacy regulation, privacy experiences, group functioning, and residential satisfaction in an apartment-style college dormitory. The participants, 122 undergraduate students living in on-campus apartments, completed an online survey about their residential experiences. Major findings included significant positive correlations between ease of getting together with roommates, positive privacy experiences, and having more functional group interactions with roommates. There were also relationships between ease of getting away from roommates, negative privacy experiences, and group dysfunction. Finally, there were significant correlations between ease of controlling privacy, positive privacy experiences, group functioning, and residential satisfaction. These findings, and research in this area, may help increase understanding of privacy processes and may help colleges and university enhance student residential life.

Rights Holder

Rebekah Picerno