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dc.contributor.authorHenry, Christopher D.
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T01:09:44Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T01:09:44Z
dc.date.issued2006-08
dc.identifier.otherhenry_christopher_d_200608_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/henry_christopher_d_200608_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/23400
dc.description.abstractMaterialism is the desire to possess unneeded material goods and the tendency to view happiness and success in life in terms of what one owns. In addition to traditional religious and social criticisms, recent empirical evidence also has suggested that materialism is problematic for both individuals and society. After reviewing research suggesting problematic correlates and consequences of materialism in major areas of psychological well-being, a number of factors influencing the development of materialism are considered, with special consideration given to the role of experiences of insecurity. Then, after identifying an intervention aimed at priming relational security, I present two studies that explore the effects of this procedure. Hypothesizing that increasing relational security can decrease materialism, these studies focus on the effects of priming relational security on endorsement of materialistic values (Study 1) and engagement in materialistic behaviors in a social commons dilemma (Study 2). The general relational security hypothesis received limited support from Study 1, but strong support from Study 2.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectMaterialism
dc.subjectInsecurity
dc.subjectRelational Security
dc.subjectValues
dc.subjectCommons Dilemma
dc.titleLowering the price(s) of materialism
dc.title.alternativecan secure personal attachments be utilized to reduce materialistic values and behaviors?
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentPsychology
dc.description.majorPsychology
dc.description.advisorLeonard L. Martin
dc.description.committeeLeonard L. Martin
dc.description.committeeDavid R. Shaffer
dc.description.committeeW. Keith Campbell


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