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dc.contributor.authorLeslie, Trevor 19:50:56 (GMT) 19:50:56 (GMT)
dc.descriptionThe Independent Studies program closed in 2016. This thesis was one of 25 accepted by Library for long-term preservation and presentation in UWSpace.en
dc.description.abstractWhy do some families let money shape their happiness in a negative way while others control their money and shape their happiness in a positive way? Maslow (1943) described his first two levels in his Hierarchy of Needs as both materialistic and positive, that is support of life and safety, and yet materialism has a negative connotation in Western society. I conducted eight in-depth qualitative interviews with couples in the Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. Demographically they were very similar by age, number of children, duration of marriage, education, family income, and proximity to grandparents. Existing literature and statistics suggest that many families fall prey to excessive negative materialism, yet the results of this study suggest that these families use materialism positively to help shape their happiness. Therefore, I submit my Positive Materialism Theory - A person or group who uses materials or materialism to facilitate spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values and as a result increases their happiness quotient. If families understand that money can be positive, (that money buying happiness is not negative), maybe this awareness will help families realize that “money can buy happiness” and take steps to accomplish this.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIS 310, Thesis Phase Ien
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIS 320, Thesis Phase IIen
dc.subjectWaterloo Region, Ontarioen
dc.subjectpositive materialsim theoryen
dc.subjectfamily lifeen
dc.titlePositive Materialsim: How Does Money Shape Family Happiness?en
dc.typeBachelor Thesisen Studiesen Studiesen
uws-etd.degreeBachelor of Independent Studiesen
uws.contributor.advisorAurini, Janice
uws.contributor.advisorHavitz, Mark
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Artsen

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