The effects of family structure and socialization influences on compulsive consumption: a life course study in France
Moschis, George P.; Benmoyal-Bouzaglo, Sarah (2009), The effects of family structure and socialization influences on compulsive consumption: a life course study in France, International Journal of Consumer Studies, 33, 1, p. 49-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1470-6431.2008.00736.x
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Journal nameInternational Journal of Consumer Studies
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Abstract (EN)Compulsive consumption is regarded as a global phenomenon that can adversely affect consumer well-being. Although the topic has been studied in different cultural settings, we have seen relatively little theory development and explanations of compulsive behaviour. Nearly all previous empirical studies attempt to explain this behaviour by correlating measures of compulsive behaviour with independent variables taken within the same time frame. However, recent developments in social sciences suggest that such a phenomenon may best understood in the context of the person's earlier-in-life experiences. Using the life course paradigm as an overarching framework, the present research extends previous work on this topic. Hypotheses derived from life course perspectives are formulated, and a survey of young adults in France is used to test them. The findings have implications for theory development and suggest directions for further research.
Subjects / KeywordsCompulsive consumption; life course; family structure; peer influence; stress
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