Materialism Scale

Materialism Scale
Richins and Dawson‚ 1992
1.    I admire people who own expensive homes‚ cars‚ and clothes.
2.    Some of the most important achievements in life include acquiring material possessions.
3.    I don’t place much emphasis on the amount of material objects people own as a sign of success.*
4.    The things I own say a lot about how well I’m doing in life.
5.    I like to own things that impress people.
6.    I don’t pay much attention to the material objects other people own.*
7.    I usually buy things I need.*
8.    I try to keep my life simple‚ as far as possessions are concerned.*
9.    The things I own aren’t all that important to me.*
10.I enjoy spending money on things that aren’t practical.
11.Buying things gives me a lot of pleasure.
12.I like a lot of luxury in life.
13.I put less emphasis on material things than most people I know.*
14.I have all the things I really need to enjoy life.*
15.My life would be better if I owned certain things I don’t have.
16.I wouldn’t be any happier if I owned nicer things.* [My life would be better if I owned nicer things.*]
17.I’d be happier if I could afford to buy more things.
18.It sometimes bothers me quite a bit that I can’t afford to buy all the things that I like.
* reverse scored items
Success (alpha .71 to .75)‚ Centrality (alpha .74 to .78)‚ Happiness (alpha .73 to .83)
Strongly Agree‚ Agree‚ Neutral‚ Disagree‚ Strongly Disagree
Success (items 1-6)‚ Centrality (items 7-13)‚ Happiness (items 14-18)

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Richins‚ Marsha L.‚ and Dawson‚ Scott. (2004). A Consumer Values Orientation for Materialism and Its Measurement: Scale Development and Validation. Journal of Consumer Research‚ 19(3)‚ 303-316

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