Materialism amongst children and adolescents

Tan Lei Shek, Emma Pu

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Studies on materialism amongst children and adolescents (aged 6 to 24 years) in Hong Kong were reviewed. A total of 31 studies were found in the international and local databases as well as on the Internet. These studies were categorized and summarized into six areas: children and adolescents’ attitudes to material possessions, outcomes of materialism, antecedents for materialism, materialist and post-materialist values assessment of materialism in the Chinese context, and curriculum framework on money literacy. Based on the review, several research gaps were identified. The review showed that there is a general lack of conceptual studies, culturally appropriate and validated scales, criteria that could be used to evaluate the quality of qualitative research, and intervention programs. Finally, the limitations of the literature review are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren and Adolescents
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Challenges
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781634846271
ISBN (Print)9781634846165
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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