Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Rachel Mathews, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Stephen C. Keith, Ed.D

Third Advisor

George C. Stonikinis, M.S.W.


The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of a community toward a residential facility in Eastern Virginia. The subjects were (N= l50) community members from a suburban community in Virginia. A self-developed questionnaire was used to collect data for this study. out of the one hundred and fifty, fifty (30%) participants responded . Five of the surveys were not scorable since 30% or more of the questions were not answered. The data were analyzed by using both qualitative and quantitative methods. For the quantitative methods independent sample t-tests, Chi square ("X2), and Pearson-r were used. The results showed that there is a significant difference between level of education and perceptions toward a residential facility. However, there were no significant differences between the demographic variables and perceptions toward a residential facility. As the respondents of this study who returned the questionnaires were only 30%, the results may not be generalizable. A study including subjects from different geographic locations in Virginia is recommended. Another recommendation is to conduct a study using an interview method for the collection of data.



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