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Materialism and Life Satisfaction: The Role of Stress and Religiosity

Authors

  • ANDREW M. BAKER,

  • GEORGE P. MOSCHIS,

  • FON SIM ONG,

  • RA-PEE PATTANAPANYASAT


  • Andrew M. Baker (abaker@mail.sdsu.edu) is an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. George P. Moschis (gmoschis@gsu.edu) is the Alfred Bernhardt Research Professor, and Director of the Center for Mature Consumer Studies at Georgia State University. Fon Sim Ong (fonsim.ong@taylors.edu.my) is Professor of Marketing, and Head of Marketing Department at Taylor's University. Fon Sim is also a Research Fellow at Graduate School of Business, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia. Ra-pee Pattanapanyasat (ra_pattana@yahoo.com) is a Ph.D. Candidate at Mahidol University, Thailand.

Abstract

Materialism has been a topic of interest to consumer researchers for decades. This article explores the effect of materialism on individuals' life satisfaction using a large sample from Malaysia, a country with cultural diversity within a collectivist mainstream culture. The results suggest that the effects of materialism on life satisfaction could be indirect, mediated by stress and moderated by religiosity. The study helps to explain the mechanisms that account for the negative relationship between materialism and life satisfaction reported in previous studies conducted in many countries; it provides a blueprint and directions for further research.

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