Why Is Materialism Bad For Marriage? Testing Pathways Linking Materialism to Divorce

Jill Sundie, University of Texas, San Antonio, USA
James Burroughs, University of Virginia, USA
Daniel Beal, Rice University, USA
Materialism correlates with (decreased) well-being and (poor) social functioning. Materialists may have tenuous marriages, but why materialism might erode marriage is unclear and understudied. We explore three pathways linking materialism to divorce intentions: financial management, relationship investment, conflict coping styles. Mediators include: poor consumer credit, low relationship investment, hostile coping.
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Jill Sundie, James Burroughs, and Daniel Beal (2012) ,"Why Is Materialism Bad For Marriage? Testing Pathways Linking Materialism to Divorce ", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 40, eds. Zeynep G├╝rhan-Canli, Cele Otnes, and Rui (Juliet) Zhu, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 70-75.