AN EVALUATION OF CONSUMERISM AND LIFESTYLE AS CORRELATES OF A VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY LIFESTYLE

Author: Iwata, Osamu

Source: Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal, Volume 34, Number 5, 2006 , pp. 557-568(12)

Publisher: Scientific Journal Publishers

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Abstract:

Data from a questionnaire were collected from 189 Japanese female undergraduates at a women's university. They were 18, 19, or 20 years of age. The measures included a 22-item 7-point voluntary simplicity lifestyle scale, a 9-item 5-point scale of the evaluation of a voluntarily simple life, an 11-item 4-point scale of environmentally responsible consumerism and a 28-item 5-point scale of a nonsimplicity lifestyle. Factor analysis was conducted for each scale and Cronbach's αcoefficients were calculated for selected items associated with each scale. Both the evaluation of a voluntarily simple life and environmentally responsible consumerism were positively associated with a voluntary simplicity lifestyle and its three factors, that is, cautious attitudes in shopping, acceptance of self-sufficiency and a desire for a voluntarily simple life. A voluntary simplicity lifestyle was significantly associated with more than half of the nonsimplicity lifestyle statements.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.5.557

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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