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Correlation between shopping addiction and negative emotions and general satisfaction with health and lifestyle status

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Nina Eraković ,
Nina Eraković

Faculty of Medicine, Banja Luka, The Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, University of Banja Luka ,Banja Luka ,Bosnia and Herzegovina

Šemsudin Porčić ,
Šemsudin Porčić

Faculty of Medicine, Republic of Srpska, B&H, University of Banja Luka ,Banja Luka ,Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mira Spremo ,
Mira Spremo

Psychiatry Clinic, University clinical center of Republika Srpska ,Banja Luka ,Bosnia and Herzegovina

Abstract

Introduction. According to previous studies, compulsive buying is the problem in the world today by means of which a large number of people, especially women, face their problems in everyday life and functioning. The aim of the paper is to investigate whether or not there is a correlation between shopping addiction, emotions, and stress and general satisfaction with health and lifestyle. Methods. The study included a hundred respondents belonging to female population. The following tests were used: The Screening Test for Compulsive Buying for compulsive buying, DASS test (depression, anxiety and stress) for negative emotions and the World Health Organization questionnaire - WHOQOL-BREF, including physical and mental health, social interactions and the environment. Results. The study showed statistically significant correlations between: compulsive buying and anxiety (r=.236, p<0.01), compulsive buying and depression (r=.360, p<0.01), and compulsive buying and stress (r=.378, p<0.01). The WHOQOL-BREF test results showed that there was a negative correlation between compulsive buying and physical health (r=-.253, p<0.05), there was no statistically significant correlation between compulsive buying and mental health. There was a significant negative correlation between compulsive buying and social interactions (r=-.355, p<0.01) and between compulsive buying and the environment (r=-.430, p<0.01). Conclusion. Women who are more likely to experience compulsive buying develop negative emotions such as anxiety and depression more frequently. They show a stress response more often, feeling less healthy, their social interactions and functioning in the social environment are much more disturbed compared to women who buy less.

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