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Life in a shoebox: About people and their motivation to go tiny. A qualitative interview study on the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations to follow the tiny house lifestyle

Jebbink, M. (2019) Life in a shoebox: About people and their motivation to go tiny. A qualitative interview study on the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations to follow the tiny house lifestyle.

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Abstract:Over the last decade people constantly search for bigger homes and more luxury apartments. However, there are people who counter these housing trends: they move to tiny houses. This form of accommodation offers several benefits like less expenses, less energy consumption, autarkic lifestyle and environmental sustainability. The study examined intrinsic and extrinsic motivations of people to follow this lifestyle. In this mixed methods design study semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants. Additionally, the method ‘letter from the future was applied. In the study, participants named intrinsic and extrinsic motivations. Most commonly flexibility and curiosity were mentioned as relevant intrinsic motivators. Besides, the participants named cooperation and community due to this lifestyle as extrinsic motivators. These results showed that people have intrinsic as well as extrinsic motivators to follow the tiny house lifestyle. Certain motivators could be found in all cases whilst others were unique to the individual. Additionally, this study adds value to research since it concentrates on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and therefore gives a concise overview regarding a new topic. Future research should investigate the topic more deeply in order to find a way to generalize the findings and to establish a broader framework.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78118
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