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PALHARES, Fernanda  and  FREITAS, Lia Beatriz de Luca. Adolescent materialism in a southern Brazilian city. Psico (Porto Alegre) [online]. 2017, vol.48, n.1, pp. 61-69. ISSN 1980-8623.

Materialism is currently a major factor in modern society, and studies indicate that the excessive value placed on material possessions can negatively influence individuals' development. We investigated levels of materialism in a sample of 128 adolescents aged from 11 to 18, from public and private schools in Porto Alegre/RS. We used a socio-demographic questionnaire and the Scale of Material Values - Short Form. The data were collected in the participants' schools. The results suggest a great deal of variability. Age group, gender and school type were not related to the level of materialism, although it was significantly correlated with internet use. We discuss these findings in light of previous literature, suggest future research directions, and note that adolescence is a propitious period in human development to implement intervention programs designed to encourage youths' reflection about materialistic values.

Keywords : Materialism; Adolescents; Values.

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