Validity of older homeowners’ housing evaluations

Alexander Chen, Sandra Newman

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The validity of older homeowners’ reports of the repair status of their homes was determined by comparing their assessments with housing inspection records. Although the observed agreement is high, the ability of older homeowners to provide valid assessments of home repair status is overestimated because most of this agreement is due to chance. In addition, older homeowners are least likely to provide valid reports when repairs are needed. Given the policy importance of accurate reporting about potentially unsafe dwelling unit conditions, these results are disturbing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-313
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 1987


  • Home repair
  • Housing inspection
  • Validity study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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