Relationship between children's involvement in consumer culture and depressive symptomatology Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Poole, Michelle Leigh
    • Affiliation: School of Education
  • Children who are more involved in consumer culture have shown symptoms of depression and a dislike for school. Emotional distress has been a factor in decreased academic performance. Survey research was used to describe the extent that variation in children's depressive symptomatology could be explained by the child's involvement in consumer culture. The study included 59 elementary and middle school students enrolled in after-school programs. Children responded to items from the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and Youth Materialism Scale. Only 3% of variation in children's depressive symptomatology could be explained by their involvement in consumer culture. No relationship was found between depressive symptomatology and consumer culture involvement. Examination of the residuals indicated that the model was appropriate for this sample. Differences between this study and other studies that have found a relationship between the variables are discussed. Future research would include additional and different measures for depressive symptomatology.
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