Materialistic Inclination, Values, and Life Satisfaction

By Arzu Şener, Selda Coskuner and Nuri Dogan.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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The purpose of the present study was to explore the relationship of materialistic inclination with owned values and life satisfaction. A total of 560 individuals participated in the study in Turkey. Their materialistic inclination, owned values and life satisfaction were identified through the Materialism Scale, designed by Richins and Dawson (1992), “Kahle’ List of Values (LOV)” and the Life Satisfaction Scale respectively. The Life Satisfaction Scale includes overall life satisfaction with 12 life domains. In accordance with their mean scores in the Materialism Scale, the participants were divided into two groups. The groups represented low and high materialistic tendencies. Afterward, an attempt was made to explore the differences between the groups in their owned values and life satisfactions. The findings suggested that the group with higher tendency toward materialism had statistically higher mean scores in the six sub-dimensions of the LOV when compared to the other group with lower materialistic inclination. In addition, the former group generally had varying satisfaction levels in several domains of life.

Keywords: Social and Community Studies, Materialism, Valued, Life Satisfaction

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 15, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 440.675KB)).

Prof. Arzu Şener

PhD. Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

Asst. Prof. Selda Coskuner

Research Assistant, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Sıhhiye, Turkey

Dr. Nuri Dogan

Associate Professor, Department of Measurement and Evaluation in Education, Faculty of Education, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey