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Lauren Soter, Kim Dabel, Doreen Valerius, Krystal Butler Is ‘modern culture’ bad for our health and well-being? Consumerism Qualitative Methodology All participants had jobs or volunteered in the health care field Qualitative Methodology Purposive Sampling Technique used to select participants Qualitative Methodology 4 groups of people from 2 cities in Scotland, all ages 20 - over 65 Consumerism Consumerism Consumerism Is this trend really improving our society? Defined as the concept that an ever-expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy. Modern society is obsessed with the consumption of goods. Is this trend causing a decline in individuals health and well-being? Basis of this study was to determine if the increase in needing "things" was causing a decline in health. Movement to a society that is based on individuals instead of groups. Pressure to keep up with what society is consuming. Adds to insecurity in one's self and can have an impact on mental and physical health and well-being. 3 groups were mixed male and female, 1 group all females Some participants were from deprived living areas, some were mental health users and some were professionals. group interviews and discussions were done - lasting 1 hour
interviews were recorded, transcribed then used a thematic template to analyze
study received ethic approval Reduction of income inequality may increase the physical and emotional well-being of people and should be studied.
This study should also be broader based i.e., different countries and a larger number of people.
Questionnaires should be done privately to make sure all individuals opinions and thoughts are given and not based on a group decision.
Materialistic possessions, financial stability and consumerism does not create well-being. Conclusion
Ways to Integrate Future Trends of Health Care Research and Consumerism Results Multiple losses:
All 4 groups spoke of erosion and decline of social, community and family support within contemporary UK society, together with the loss of stable and secure forms of employment
Multiple and compound losses has been associated with social change over many decades, changes believed to impact both individual and social levels of well-being Results Potential for resistance:
Yet the four groups also articulated possibilities for resistance. They rejected the notion of commodity culture as completely deterministic of psychological and emotional well-being.
The possibility of finding alternative ways of helping people to find value and purpose in life was spoken about in all groups, as a positive response to the harms they had already outlined.
Members of the Community Health Group spoke of the value of their community-based activities, in countering the individualization, isolation and narcissism found elsewhere
Participants in the Advocacy Group also stressed that a good quality of life – and social inclusion – depended on a material base: i.e. having an adequate income. Results Is 'modern culture' bad for our health and well-being?. (2009). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/docview/233354082/fulltextPDF?accountid=35812

Consumerism. (2013). Retrieved fromhttp://dictionary.reference.com/browse/consumerism References: Cultural Exposure: the potential for exclusion:
Participants acknowledged the psychological stresses and anxieties cause by increasing exposure to economic, status-related consumerist imperatives
Pressure felt by people to define themselves through consumption practices, driven by life in a credit-and-debt culture
People being motivated by such emotions to buy material goods they could not really afford, simply in order to achieve a degree of social status
*powerful influence of emotions like pride and shame
Members of the Advocacy Group spoke of the pleasure afforded by retail therapy but also spoke of their own social unacceptability, in a society that values wealth and status deriving from employment.
Young people at risk of judging themselves and being judged by others based on their material possessions
Some within the Community Health Group felt that entering into debt was inevitable in some circumstances and might be the only available choice, made for the future good of self and others
The Advocacy Group, on the other hand, made explicit connections between the workings of the economy, exposure to consumerist pressures, and diminished well-being.
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