Compulsive Buying: Prevalence, Irrational Beliefs and Purchasing

Richard J. Harnish, K. Robert Bridges, Joshua L. Karelitz

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The aims of this study are to examine the characteristics of compulsive buying among college students at an American public university. More specifically we explored how irrational beliefs impact compulsive buying among this population; and, to investigate the types and frequency of consumer goods purchased by college students at an American public university. The study is based on data collected from a self-administered survey of 175 American college women. The results of this study showed that the prevalence of women are compulsive buyers was consistent with an earlier estimate using the Richmond Compulsive Buying Scale (27 %); irrational beliefs were associated with and predicted compulsive buying; and compulsive and non-compulsive buyers did not differ in the types of consumer goods purchased but in the frequency with which consumer goods are purchased. The study has significance by replicating the impact irrational beliefs have on compulsive buying. Such beliefs should be addressed in any preventative program targeting compulsive buying.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)993-1007
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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