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    Age-related changes in materialism in adults – A self-uncertainty perspective

    Martin, Christian and Czellar, Sandor and Pandelaere, Mario (2019) Age-related changes in materialism in adults – A self-uncertainty perspective. Journal of Research in Personality, 78 (2). pp. 16-24. ISSN 0092-6566

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    Materialism is the focus of much research due to its negative consequences for individuals and societies. While recent research indicates that the strength of materialistic value orientations changes with age during adulthood, little is known about the processes that cause these age-related changes. We propose that changes in materialism, as people grow older, are rooted in changes in self-uncertainty. We find evidence for this idea in two studies and across different measures of self-uncertainty. In addition, we show that the changes in materialism cannot be explained by (age-related) differences in sociodemographic variables. Finally, our results indicate that changes in self-uncertainty provide a better account for changes in materialism than age-related changes in self-esteem.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Materialism; Age; Life span; Self-uncertainty; Self-concept clarity; Self-doubt; Self-esteem;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 11223
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    Depositing User: Christian Martin
    Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2019 14:40
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Research in Personality
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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