Luigi Rocco Chiri, Elisa Gorrini, Claudio Sica

Compulsive buying: its historical and epidemiological aspects, definitions issues, and psychological models summary

  • Abstract

Informations and abstract

Keywords: Psychopathology, impulse disorder, ocd-spectrum disorder, culture, psychological models

Compulsive buying is a serious problem, commonly associated with other psychological disorders. The two core elements of compulsive buying are the lack of self-control and the related negative consequences. The aim of the paper is to present: a) a few historical descriptions of this problem; b) some issues dealing with its definition; c) a few epidemiological data; and d) a number of explicative psychological models. Among models, the «escape-theory» appears to be of particular heuristic value in explaining compulsive buying. According to this theory, concrete and impulsive actions are performed to cope with a negative self-evaluation. In conclusion, we stressed the need for improvement of existing models by broadening the current psychological models with both biological and cultural aspects.

Trova nel catalogo di Worldcat

Article first page

Article first page