Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach

Abstract

Compulsive buying is a chronic issue for shoppers exacerbated by a nation obsessed with consumption. To predict compulsive buying behavior, a survey was administered to 283 college students in southern Nevada. The results suggested that the compulsive buyer exhibits am ex­ternal consumer locus of control and purchases goods with the intent to increase social status or quell anxiety. Given that responsible financial behavior changes as a function of age, college students are particularly vulnerable to compulsive purchasing behavior, as it is exacerbated by irresponsible credit spending behaviors.

Keywords

Anxiety; College students; Compulsive shopping; Social status

Disciplines

Applied Behavior Analysis | Psychology

Language

English


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