Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Roger Kernsmith, PhD, Chair
Jay Weinstein, PhD
Drawing on messages collected from an internet support group, this paper examines the motivations and dimensions of compulsive shopping as an addictive disorder. Two thousand nonrandom internet messages were collected and subjected to content analyses, resulting in a final sample of 197 subjects. Factor analyses and logistical regression models found varying motivations for compulsive shopping that were not mutually exclusive: the need to escape and the need to fill a void. Subsequently, compulsive shoppers with these motivations were found to manage their shopping differently, specifically in terms of help-seeking behaviors and organizational behaviors.
Wilczaki, Andrew Richard, "Understanding Compulsive Buying: The Dimensions and Management of Addictive Shopping" (2006). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 186.