Caro, Francis G.; Yee, Christine; Levien, Samantha; Gottlieb, Alison S.; Winter, Joachim; McFadden, Daniel L.; Ho, Teck H.
Choosing among residential options: Results of a vignette experiment.
In: Research on Aging, Vol. 34, No. 1: pp. 3-33
Older people who experience declining health are often faced with difficult decisions about possible residential relocation. The research aim was to determine how five distinct dimensions-functional status, features of current housing, social networks, features of retirement communities, and financial considerations-affect decisions to relocate to a retirement community. A vignette experiment with a factorial design was conducted involving both older people and adult children who were concerned with an aging parent. Use of the Internet for administration of the experiment made it possible to deliver information to research participants through video clips. Research participants were influenced by each of the dimensions; however, functional status of the vignette persons had the greatest impact, and financial considerations the least. Adult children were more likely to recommend moves than were older people. The research is suggestive of the potential for use of vignette experiments for a fuller understanding of relocation decisions.