Material wealth and perceived identity: impressions of adolescents from different socio-economic backgrounds

Dittmar, Helga (1990) Material wealth and perceived identity: impressions of adolescents from different socio-economic backgrounds. In: Lea, Stephen E G, Webley, Paul and Young, Brian M (eds.) Applied economic psychology in the 1990s. Washington Singer, Exeter, UK, pp. 800-812. ISBN 9781873053027

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Abstract

Explores the meanings women and men from different social-material strata in the UK attach to their personal possessions. 16 female and 20 male business commuters and 24 female and 26 male unemployed Ss listed their 5 most treasured possessions and wrote open-ended statements concerning the reasons why they considered each important. Men were mainly concerned with the instrumental and use-related features of possessions, whereas women equally emphasized that possessions symbolized emotional attachment and interpersonal relationships. Also, business commuters were mostly concerned with possessions as unique symbols of their personal history and self-development, in contrast to the unemployed Ss' focus on possessions' utilitarian aspects, financial value, and emotional, mood-adjusting features.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Helga Dittmar
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 17:37
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2017 12:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66552
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