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.
CitationKing, R. B. (2020). Materialism is detrimental to academic engagement: Evidence from self-report surveys and linguistic analysis. Current Psychology, 39(4), 1397-1404. doi: 10.1007/s12144-018-9843-5
- Linguistic analysis