Development and validation of the Material Values Scale for children (MVS-c)

SJ Opree, Moniek Buijzen, EA van Reijmersdal, PM Valkenburg

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The aim of this study was to develop a scale to measure materialism among children while relying on insights from research conducted among adults. Although research among adults suggests that materialism is a second-order construct with three underlying factors (i.e., material centrality, material happiness, and material success), existing materialism scales for children include only one or two of these factors. Hence, we adapted the items of the well-established Material Values Scale (MVS) of Richins and Dawson (1992) to make them appropriate for use among children. We then administered the Material Values Scale for children (MVS-c) to 1001 8- to 11-year-olds. Structural equation modeling confirmed the presumed second-order structure of the MVS-c. Based on these findings, we created 6- and 3-item versions in addition to the full-length, 18-item MVS-c. All three versions performed well in terms of test–retest reliability and construct validity.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)963-968
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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