Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Language

English

Abstract

A study was conducted to measure perceived personality traits associated with someone described as owning many or few material possessions. Altogether 469 Chinese adolescents aged 15 to 20 were surveyed using a random sampling of secondary schools and a self-administered questionnaire. Respondents saw photos and read vignette of a person described as having a lot of or few material possessions. They then imagined personal characteristics of such a person. Results indicated that a person with a lot of possessions was more likely to be imagined as spending irresponsibly, selfish and envious of others. Respondents were more likely to perceive a person without a lot of possessions as hardworking, care about others, willing to serve and with good academic results. Seventeen percent of the respondents said they would prefer to be the person with many possessions. The marketing implication is that marketers should be sensitive to the perceived link between possessions and negative personal characteristics of the owner.

Keywords

Materialism, Consumer Psychology, Perceptions, Adolescents, Macao

Publication Date

2019

Source Publication Title

Humanities and Social Sciences Review

Volume

9

Issue

1

Start Page

115

End Page

126

Publisher

International Journal of Arts and Sciences

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://www.universitypublications.net/hssr/0901/html/E9X80.xml

ISSN (print)

21656258

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