Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Publisher’s Version

Publication Date

5-2015

Abstract

We developed new materials to induce a luxury mindset and activate materialistic values, and examined materialism’s relationship to attitudes toward marriage and having children in Singapore. Path analyses indicated that materialistic values led to more negative attitudes toward marriage, which led to more negative attitudes toward children, which in turn led to a decreased number of children desired. Results across two studies highlight, at the individual level, the tradeoff between materialistic values and attitudes toward marriage and procreation and suggest that a consideration of psychological variables such as materialistic values may allow for a better understanding of larger-scale socioeconomic issues including low fertility rates among developed countries. We discuss implications and describe how psychological factors relating to low fertility fit within evolutionary mismatch and life history theory frameworks.

Keywords

Children, Singapore, marriage, fertility

Discipline

Applied Behavior Analysis | Family, Life Course, and Society | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

PLoS ONE

Volume

10

Issue

5

First Page

1

Last Page

12

ISSN

1932-6203

Identifier

10.1371/journal.pone.0126543

Embargo Period

7-9-2015

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0126543