Confirmatory factor analysis of neighbourhood features amongst south african low-income housing occupants

Clinton Aigbavboa, Wellington Thwala

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Abstract

There is a fundamental link between theory and measurement advising that confirmation of measures should be the first stage of theory testing. The aim of this paper was to confirm the factorial validity of the neighbourhood features for use in a residential satisfaction study amongst South Africa low-income housing occupants'. The study was conducted amongst the occupants' of subsidized low-income in South Africa. Data used in the study was obtained from a Delphi and field questionnaire study. Primary data were collected by a face-to-face administered questionnaire survey conducted among 751 low-income housing residents' in three metropolitan and one district municipality in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Data gathered via the questionnaire survey were analyzed using structural equation modelling (SEM) which was used to assess the factor structure of the constructs. SEM analysis revealed that the rho coefficient and the Cronbach's alpha coefficient of internal consistency were over 0.70 criterions for acceptability. Further finding was that neighbourhood features influence on the residents' satisfaction was not statistically significant and hence was weak in the prediction of the residents' satisfaction with their houses. However, due to the idiosyncratic dataset used in the study, it remains to be seen if the evaluated indicator factors of neighbourhood features can replicate to other cross-cultural datasets. If this is the case, the paper makes a significant contribution towards understanding neighbourhood features on subsidized low-income housing projects. This study provided significant insight into how residents' satisfaction with their houses could be improved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICCREM 2013
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction and Operation in the Context of Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management
Pages1107-1122
Number of pages16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management: Construction and Operation in the Context of Sustainability, ICCREM 2013 - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 10 Oct 201311 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameICCREM 2013: Construction and Operation in the Context of Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management

Conference

Conference2013 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management: Construction and Operation in the Context of Sustainability, ICCREM 2013
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityKarlsruhe
Period10/10/1311/10/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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