The Chinese adolescent materialism scale: Psychometric properties and normative profiles

Daniel T.L. SHEK*, Cecilia M.S. MA, Li LIN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although a preoccupation with material possessions is a growing concern in Chinese adolescents, there is a lack of validated measures of adolescent materialism in different Chinese contexts. Based on a thorough literature review, the Chinese Adolescent Materialism Scale (CAMS) was developed and administered in 1658 Chinese secondary school students. Results showed that the CAMS was internally consistent. Factor analyses showed that three factors were intrinsic to the scale. Consistent with expectations, the CAMS scores were significantly related to measures of morality, egocentrism, spirituality, and empathy. Analyses of responses to the CAMS items revealed that a significant proportion of respondents displayed materialistic beliefs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-295
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2
Early online date12 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The preparation for this paper and the study are financially supported by The Law Society of Hong Kong.


  • Chinese adolescents
  • factor structure
  • materialism
  • psychometric properties
  • reliability
  • validity


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