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An Expanded Conceptualization and a New Measure of Compulsive Buying

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  • Nancy M. Ridgway
  • Monika Kukar-Kinney
  • Kent B. Monroe
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    Drawing on the theoretical foundation of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, this article develops an expanded conceptualization and new measure of consumers' proclivity to buy compulsively. Compulsive buying is defined as a consumer's tendency to be preoccupied with buying that is revealed through repetitive buying and a lack of impulse control over buying. This measure includes dimensions of both obsessive-compulsive and impulse-control disorders. By measuring income-dependent items or consequences of compulsive buying separately from the compulsive-buying scale, we develop a measure that has a strong theoretical foundation, well-documented psychometric properties, and an ability to be applied to general consumer populations. (c) 2008 by JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, Inc..

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    Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Consumer Research.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 (08)
    Pages: 622-639

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    Handle: RePEc:ucp:jconrs:v:35:y:2008:i:4:p:622-639

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    1. Gerhard Raab & Christian Elger & Michael Neuner & Bernd Weber, 2011. "A Neurological Study of Compulsive Buying Behaviour," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 34(4), pages 401-413, December.
    2. E. Telci, 2013. "High shopping mall patronage: is there a dark side?," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 47(5), pages 2517-2528, August.
    3. Csilla Horváth & Feray Adigüzel & Hester van Herk, 2013. "Cultural Aspects Of Compulsive Buying In Emerging And Developed Economies: A Cross Cultural Study In Compulsive Buying," Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, Faculty of Economics, Vilnius University, vol. 4(2).
    4. Martin, Ingrid M. & Kamins, Michael A. & Pirouz, Dante M. & Davis, Scott W. & Haws, Kelly L. & Mirabito, Ann M. & Mukherjee, Sayantani & Rapp, Justine M. & Grover, Aditi, 2013. "On the road to addiction: The facilitative and preventive roles of marketing cues," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(8), pages 1219-1226.
    5. Sunghwan Yi, 2012. "Shame-Proneness as a Risk Factor of Compulsive Buying," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 35(3), pages 393-410, September.

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