Building Industry Perceptions toward Interior Designers' Impact on the Health, Safety, and Welfare of the Built Environment: A Factor Analysis

By Dana Moody and Gregory Petty.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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This research study created, piloted, and field tested a new instrument designed to collect perceptions toward an interior designer’s impact on the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The study also established an initial profile of perceptions within building industry professionals, identified the salient factors within those perceptions, and determined the level of these factors through a factor analysis. The Health, Safety, & Welfare in the Built Environment instrument was developed using a table of specifications based on the subject content that interior designers must be familiar with in regards to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public according to the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the interior design Body of Knowledge (BoK). The questionnaire was administered to members of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Gulf States Region. A factor analysis on the gathered data determined that there were four underlying thematic sub-groups or factors. They were labeled codes & materials, design strategies, mechanical, and supervision. These factors, along with the study’s finding will be discussed further in this article.

Keywords: Interior Design, Health, Safety, Welfare, Factor Analysis

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 29, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 281.384KB)).

Dana Moody

Interior Design Associate Professor, Department Head, Interior Design, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN, USA

Dana Moody teaches interior design at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she is currently an associate professor and head of the interior design department. Her research interest focuses on the role that space plays in the aging process and how interiors impact health, safety, and welfare of the public. She has a bachelor of science degree in interior design from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also holds a master of science degree in interior design with a minor in art (museology) and a PhD in education with a concentration in health behavior and health education with a cognate in architecture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Gregory Petty

Professor, Public Health, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

Gregory C. Petty is a member of the board of delegates for the National Safety Council, where he is technical adviser for research for the College and University Strategic Advisory Group for Education Activities. He received his PhD from the University of Missouri, Columbia, recently participated in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and completed the University of Michigan's School of Public Health Graduate Biostatistics Program. He is the author of more than 100 refereed articles, books, and technical reports and 54 educational videos. He has received numerous professional awards and was awarded Author of the Year by the AATEA Journal and Outstanding Research Manuscript for the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education. He most recently received the Award of Merit for Research by the National Safety Council in Anaheim, California.