"This study attempts to investigate the different perceptions that husbandsand wives have of the same residential environment. This subject has beendealt with by several authors, who distinguish different perceptive patternsfor husbands and wives, and are able to observe the influence of the variableknown as "the environment role", which may influence decision-making inthe planning and design of residential areas. This research attempts to show not only the degree to which the perceptivepatterns of husbands and wives differ, but also the influence of certain var-iables, notably age and socio-economic status, on the establishment of thosepatterns. In order to attain these objectives, two samples where used: The first con-sisting of forty couples, residing in multi-family public housing,thus beingof low economic status and with a high average age; the second sub-sampleconsisting of fifty young couples of average socio-economic status, residingin one-family, prevate terraced housing. Both samples were taken fromresidents of Madrid. The technique used was a questionnaire on residentialsatisfaction, in which forty perceived attributes concerning neighbourhood,housing and the subjects' neigbours, were subjected to various techniques of multidimensional analysis. The results obtained indicate the Influence of variables such as stage in thelife cycle or occupation on the establishment of environmental husband/wife role."