Compulsive buying: Can we identify compulsive shoppers based on their personality?

Kalina Mikolajczak-Degrauwe, Malaika Brengman

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Compulsive buying - a repetitive uncontrollable urge to buy products - represents a deviant form of consumer behavior that affects 6 to 8% of consumers. Previous research indicates that some specific personality traits relate to the compulsive buying tendency of shoppers (including anxiety, materialism, low self-esteem, state of depression and impulsiveness). In this study we investigate what Big Five personality traits make shoppers more vulnerable to compulsive buying. To this end we conducted a survey among 1520 Flemish consumers. The prevalence of compulsive shopping in Flanders will also be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVUB PhD Research Day
Issue numberBrussels
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2010


  • Compulsive Buying
  • Big Five Personality Traits

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