Andrew Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Assistant Professor at San Diego State University; Anil Mathur (Anil.Mathur@hofstra.edu) is Professor of Marketing and Brodlieb Distinguished Professor of Business at Hofstra University; Choong Kwai Fatt (email@example.com) is Associate Professor of Business at University of Malaya, Malaysia; George P. Moschis (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Alfred Bernhardt Research Professor of Marketing and Director of the Center for Mature Consumer Studies at Georgia State University and Visiting Professor at Mahidol University, Thailand; Edward E. Rigdon (email@example.com) is Professor of Marketing at Georgia State University.
Using the Life Course Paradigm to Explain Mechanisms That Link Family Disruptions to Compulsive Buying
Article first published online: 30 APR 2013
Copyright 2013 by The American Council on Consumer Interests
Journal of Consumer Affairs
Volume 47, Issue 2, pages 263–288, Summer 2013
How to Cite
BAKER, A., MATHUR, A., FATT, C. K., MOSCHIS, G. P. and RIGDON, E. E. (2013), Using the Life Course Paradigm to Explain Mechanisms That Link Family Disruptions to Compulsive Buying. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 47: 263–288. doi: 10.1111/joca.12008
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 30 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 29 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 18 MAR 2012
This research examines compulsive buying as an impulse-control disorder, a form of maladaptive behavior believed to have its roots in early-in-life experiences of family adversities. Unlike previous research that has typically studied only the effects of family divorce on compulsive buying, this study examines the effects of disruptive family events within the broader multitheoretical life course framework. A sample of 327 young adults is used to test the hypothesized relationships derived from the main life course perspectives. The results show alternate paths leading to compulsive buying, beyond those uncovered in previous studies. By offering a broader overarching framework, the article shows how previous efforts to study compulsive buying can be improved, pointing to the value of the multitheoretical life course approach in understanding consumption phenomena.