Compulsive-addictive buying behavior : exploring effects of chilhood experiences and family types Public Deposited

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  • This exploratory study investigates the probable causes of compulsive-addictive buying behavior, employs the family system's theory developed by Constantine (1986) as a theoretical framework, and develops an appropriate measuring scale in order to classify individuals according to family types. The purpose of the study is to examine the influence of childhood and family experiences on this phenomenon which is emerging in industrialized nations, and to explore the question of whether individuals raised in different family types are more or less likely to become addictive buyers. A questionnaire was administered to 52 clients of the Consumer Credit Counseling Services, in Oregon and Washington, investigating the degree of buying addiction and the family background. In addition, 14 personal interviews provided more detailed information about the family situations of the addicted consumers. No significant difference was found between individuals belonging to a particular family type and their degree of addictive buying behavior, although the mean rank on the addictive buying scale was highest for individuals raised in a closed family and lowest for individuals raised in a random family. A positive relationship was found between five pairs of variables; 1) addictive buying behavior and family discord, 2) addictive buying behavior and obsessive-compulsive personality traits, 3) obsessive-compulsive personality traits and family discord, 4) addictive behavioral tendencies of the subjects' parents and addictive buying behavior of the subjects themselves, and 5) childhood experiences, such as the suppression of feelings, especially the suppression of negative feelings, and high expectations by parents which could not be fulfilled, were associated with a high level of family discord. A high score on the family discord scale indicates that a person perceives his/her parental family life as unpleasant. This was particularly prevalent for individuals raised in a closed family. The results of the study suggest that the development of addictive buying tendencies is influenced by family and childhood experiences and that addicted shoppers often face severe psychological difficulties. Personal interviews also supported these results. The findings indicate that individuals raised in a closed family type are more likely to experience their family lives as less pleasant and more disturbing which may contribute to the development of behavioral problems.
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