I Feel Bad, Buy, Feel the Pain and Buy Again: Cases Studies of Compulsive Buyers

Compulsive consumption is a problem that affects many consumers worldwide. With increasing predatory lending practices in Brazil, there have been also a growing number of consumers experiencing heavy debts. Two authors of this study who work with family therapy used a clinical sample of nine cases in order to investigate the themes linked to compulsive consumption. We noticed that most of the themes are connected to the relationship of the consumer with his/her family. We finish discussing that compulsive consumers are able to learn a new model of relationship with his/her system (e.g. family) and with consumption.


Katia Bonfanti, Celso Augusto de Matos, and Leonardo Teodoro Falcao (2008) ,"I Feel Bad, Buy, Feel the Pain and Buy Again: Cases Studies of Compulsive Buyers", in LA - Latin American Advances in Consumer Research Volume 2, eds. Claudia R. Acevedo, Jose Mauro C. Hernandez, and Tina M. Lowrey, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 208-208.


Katia Bonfanti, NUTIEP - Private Clinic, Brasil
Celso Augusto de Matos, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Administracao, PPGA-EA-UFRGS, Brasil
Leonardo Teodoro Falcao, NUTIEP - Private Clinic, Brasil


LA - Latin American Advances in Consumer Research Volume 2 | 2008

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