Social Indicators Research

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 317–333

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

Authors

  • Kau Ah Keng
    • Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business AdministrationNational University of Singapore
  • Kwon Jung
    • Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business AdministrationNational University of Singapore
  • Tan Soo Jiuan
    • Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business AdministrationNational University of Singapore
  • Jochen Wirtz
    • Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business AdministrationNational University of Singapore
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006956602509

Cite this article as:
Keng, K.A., Jung, K., Jiuan, T.S. et al. Social Indicators Research (2000) 49: 317. doi:10.1023/A:1006956602509

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.

life satisfactionquality of lifevaluesmaterialismSingapore

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