Department of Communication Studies
Looks at attitudes of Chinese adolescents to materialism, including the effect of age on materialism and the influence of family and peers. Outlines the values of Chinese culture: thrift, respect for parents, group orientation, social harmony, good manners, face, and academic achievement; these values could impact both positively and negatively on endorsement of materialistic values. Points out that parental expectations of their children’s material success have increased since the one child per family policy. Finds that older adolescents were more materialistic than younger ones, that more materialistic adolescents tended to communicate more with their peers and less with their parents, and that television (which now reaches 92 per cent of households) has no effect because the Chinese government’s strict rules about TV programmes’ content requires them to reflect traditional values.
Values, Materiality, China, Adolescents, Parents, Television, Attitude surveys
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Chan, K., Zhang, H., & Wang, I. (2006). Materialism among adolescents in urban China. Young Consumers, 7 (2). https://doi.org/10.1108/17473610610701510