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The Influence of Materialistic Inclination on Values, Life Satisfaction and Aspirations: An Empirical Analysis

Keng, Kau Ah / Jung, Kwon / Jiuan, Tan Soo / Wirtz, Jochen

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Abstract

This article attempts to measure the effect ofmaterialistic inclination on the degree of lifesatisfaction. The study is based on a sample of about1600 respondents randomly selected from differentparts of the city state of Singapore. Theserespondents were divided into two distinct groups withhigh or low materialistic inclination. It wasobserved that when these respondents were asked torate the importance of the nine items from Kahle'sList of Values, the ratings of seven of these itemswere found to be significantly different between thetwo groups. The two groups also indicated differentchoices when asked to rate the things they wanted mostout of life. Finally, it was revealed that they alsoreported different degrees of satisfaction withvarious domains in life in general. However, as withregard to satisfaction with life in Singapore inparticular, there were no significant differencesobserved between the two groups.

Issue Date
2000-01
Publisher
SPRINGER
Keywords
life satisfaction; quality of life; values; materialism; Singapore
Citation
SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH, v.49, no.3, pp.317 - 333, 2000
URL
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A:1006956602509
Journal Title
SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH
Start Page
317
End Page
333
ISSN
0303-8300
Language
English
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