Materialism is detrimental to academic engagement: Evidence from self-report surveys and linguistic analysis

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Abstract

Extensive research has shown that materialism is detrimental for one's well-being. However, little is known about how materialism is associated with learning-related outcomes. In Study 1 (n = 466), we conducted a survey study and found that students who scored high in materialism had lower levels of academic engagement. In Study 2 (n = 59), we used the Linguistic Inquiry Word Count (LIWC) and found that students who wrote more about monetary concerns scored lower in terms of academic engagement. Results of the cross-sectional survey (Study 1) and the linguistic analysis (Study 2) provided converging evidence that materialism is negatively associated with academic engagement. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed. Copyright © 2018 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Psychology
Early online dateApr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 2018

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Linguistics
Self Report
Cross-Sectional Studies
Students
Learning
Research
Surveys and Questionnaires

Citation

King, R. B. (2018). Materialism is detrimental to academic engagement: Evidence from self-report surveys and linguistic analysis. Current Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12144-018-9843-5

Keywords

  • Materialism
  • Engagement
  • Learning
  • LIWC
  • Linguistic analysis