Materialism and Life Satisfaction: A Meta-Analysis


  • Newell D. Wright Western Carolina University
  • Val Larsen Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Although it is widely believed that materialism leads to satisfaction, empirical studies suggest the opposite: that materialism is negatively correlated with life satisfaction. This article integratively reviews studies which have examined the materialism/satisfaction relationship. It shows that the negative correlation between these variables is consistent across all studies. The integrative review is followed by a critique which discusses this negative relationship, suggesting that ideological bias may be a factor in the research findings. The article concludes with suggestions for future research.




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