Correlational findings

Study Ryan & Dziurawiec (2001): study AU 1998

Adults, Perth, Australia, 1998
Survey name:
Unnamed study
N = 162
Non Response:
Questionnaire: paper


Authors's Label
Our Classification
Richins and Dawson( 1992), Materialism scale
M=51.9 SD=13.8
Selfreport  on 18 questions:
a. I admire people who own expensive homes, cars, and clothes.
b. Some of the most important achievements in life include acquiring material possessions.
c. I don't place much emphasis on the amount of material objects people own as a sign of success.
d. The things I own say a lot about how well I'm doing in life.
e. I like to own things that impress people.
f. I don't pay much attention to the material objects other people own.
g. I usually buy only the things I need.
h. I try to keep my life simple, as far as possessions are concerned.
i. The things I own aren't all that important to me.
j. I enjoy spending money on things that aren't practical.
k. Buying things gives me a lot of pleasure.
l. I like a lot of luxury in my life.
m. I put less emphasis on material things than most people I know.
n.   I have all the things I really need to enjoy life.
o. My life would be better if I owned certain things I don't have.
p. I wouldn't be any happier if I owned nicer things.
q. I'd be happier if I could afford to buy more things.
r. It sometimes bothers me quite a bit that I can't afford to buy all the things I'd like.

Rated on a 7-point scale: terrible/ unhappy/ mostly dissatisfied/ mixed/ mostly satisfied/ pleased/ delighted

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-u-sq-v-6-a r = -.28 p < .001