The Influence of Materialism on Family Relations, Absorption and Social Integration of Adolescents

  • Divya Dovina T. Assistant Professor, Stella Maris College, Chennai
Keywords: Materialism, family relations, absorption, social integration, adolescents


One of the rising concerns of the parents, elders and educators of today is the increase in a lifestyle wherein possessions are acquired and accumulated much more that what is actually needed.  The importance placed on worldly possessions for luxury goods that are publicly visible and high in prestige has greatly increased.  Research has indicated that materialistic individuals are less satisfied with  their standards of living, the amount of fun and the enjoyment they experience.  Several studies have reported the same in children and adolescents as well.  The present study aims at making an attempt to see the relationship between materialism, family relations, absorption and social integration. Material values scale (Richins 2004), Engaged living in youth scale (Froh et al., 2010) and Index of family relations by Hudson (1982) were the measure used to collect data for the study.  The sample for the study consists of 100 students from selected schools in Chennai city.  Convenient sampling method was used to collect data.  The data was analyzed using Pearson’s correlations method.


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