Transitions to multigenerational cohousing

Helena Müller

Transitions to multigenerational cohousing

Facing demographic and profound societal change, the challenge of new housing solutions –including multigenerational cohousing – emerges. In spite of the societal relevance of this development and the psychological significance of the housing environment, empirically grounded studies on transitions to cohousing from a psychological perspective are scarce. In the light of insights from environmental psychology and gerontology the study focuses on individual transitions from conventional housing to a multigenerational cohousing project. In this, (1) the description of decision making processes and (2) changes in selected psychological and social indicators in the course of the transition form the center of the PhD project. To empirically explore these research questions, movers take part in an online survey or a face-to-face interview of two measurement points. Additionally, an online survey on non-movers allows to gain insights on their evaluation of cohousing and to compare movers and non-movers. Therefore, from the analysis of the personal meaning of a transition to this „alternative“ dwelling type also socially relevant implications for the realization of such projects can be derived.