Social Indicators Research

, Volume 117, Issue 2, pp 505–521 | Cite as

Materialism in Pedagogy Students in Chile

  • Marianela DenegriEmail author
  • María José Baeza
  • Natalia Salinas-Oñate
  • Verónica Peñaloza
  • Horacio Miranda
  • Ligia Orellana


Many studies have used Richins and Dawson’s (J Consum Res 19: 303–316, 1992) Material Values Scale (MVS), applying it to different types of populations that exhibit a particular psychometric behavior, and showing little stability in their factorial structure. In the present study, 1,070 pedagogy students from the northern, central and southern regions of Chile answered the MVS. This sample was randomly divided in two. Using the first sub-sample (N = 539), an exploratory factorial analysis was carried out, from which a structure of nine items was grouped into two factors called “Social Success” and “Personal Happiness”, which presented adequate reliability. Later, with the second sub-sample (N = 531), the factorial structure indicated above was put to the test through a confirmatory factorial analysis. The data from the model show that the scale contains 8 items in total, grouped into two dimensions. The factorial loads are significant at the level of 1 %, which indicates that the 2-factor structure can be confirmed. Finally—using the proposed structure—the presence of the students’ material values was evaluated.


Materialism Material values scale Pedagogy students Psychometric properties Material values 



This study was financed by Project 1110711 of the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development of Chile (FONDECYT).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianela Denegri
    • 1
    Email author
  • María José Baeza
    • 2
  • Natalia Salinas-Oñate
    • 2
  • Verónica Peñaloza
    • 3
  • Horacio Miranda
    • 4
  • Ligia Orellana
    • 5
  1. 1.Departamento de Psicología, Centro de Investigación en Psicología Económica y ConsumoUniversidad de La FronteraTemucoChile
  2. 2.Programa de Doctorado en PsicologíaUniversidad de La FronteraTemucoChile
  3. 3.Centro de Estudos Sociais e AplicadosUniversida de Estadual do CearáCearáBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Producción AgropecuariaUniversidad de La FronteraTemucoChile
  5. 5.Centro de Investigación en Psicología Económica y ConsumoUniversidad de La FronteraTemucoChile

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