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The Effect of Role Model Influence on Adolescents' Materialism and Marketplace Knowledge

Alan J. Bush, Craig A. Martin and Paul W. Clark
Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice
Vol. 9, No. 4 (Fall, 2001), pp. 27-36
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40470073
Page Count: 10
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The Effect of Role Model Influence on Adolescents' Materialism and Marketplace Knowledge
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Abstract

The goal of the present research was to analyze the consumer socialization process of adolescents, utilizing social learning theory as a conceptual guide to understand how role models influence adolescents' materialism and marketplace knowledge. A convenience sample of 175 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 were surveyed in a major metropolitan area. Direct role models included in this study were mothers, fathers and teachers. Vicarious role models included athletes and entertainers. Results at the .05 level of significance show that materialism and marketplace knowledge are associated with members of both direct and vicarious role model groups. Specifically for materialism, athletes and fathers were found to have the greatest impact. Teachers and athlete role models were found to have the greatest impact on adolescents' marketplace knowledge. Implications from the empirical analysis of these proposed relationships are provided for marketing managers and practitioners.

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