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Design and Depression
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. What are some ways that your institution can ensure intentional residential facility
design to promote socialization and wellness in the occupants, without having to alter
the physical structure of the living spaces?
2. How can your housing department provide resources to residents who experience
depression or other mental health conditions?
3. In times of public health crisis, how can your department promote socialization and
belonging in residential spaces while still ensuring physical distancing?
4. The authors mention gender differences but do not specifically discuss genderinclusive
housing options for the residents who were surveyed. What trends might
you observe in data collected from residents in gender-neutral or gender-inclusive
housing?
5. As the article notes, recent research indicates that architectural style by itself doesn't
directly affect student outcomes. How do you believe architectural styles affect your
students living in different residential configurations?
6. The article examines how physical environments affect residents' mental health. How
can we encourage residents to personalize their living space to reduce depression
and create a sense of belonging?
7. The authors note that studies indicate a higher level of depression in females than
in males. What have you observed on your campus that might contribute to this
phenomenon?
8. How does the residential experience compare across different occupancy types such
as single-, double-, and triple-occupancy rooms?
Discussion questions developed by Taylor Lawson and Eric Massey, The University of Texas
at Dallas
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