Nowadays, due to the current economic downturn, consumers are uncertain, afraid, and concerned about how the crisis affects the personal and economic futures. This research starts from the results of the studies of Snelders, Hussein, Lea, & Webley (1992) and Rumiati & Lotto (1996 and 2006) that show how the mental representation of the “money” category should be different among people as they have different ways of handling money depending on their specific activities and on the different levels of expertise. Little has been done in terms of examining the Italian economical crisis context from a social-psychological point of view concerning money perception. The aim of this research is to investigate the differences in the perception of money by students, retailers and bank clerks, and how these differences depend not only from the expertise in handling money but also from traits of personality and awareness of threat about the actual economical crisis. To reach this goal the study used the new Financial Threat Scale (Marjanovic, Greenglass, Fiksenbaum, & Bell, 2013), a 5-item scale which was designed to measure the awareness of the economic crisis. A variant of Myer-Briggs Test Indicator (Antoni & Giaconi, 2012) was used to analyze the personality traits. A replication study of the questionnaire of Rumiati & Lotto (2006) was done to confirm the evidence that showed that different exemplars of money are actually perceived as differently representative of the concept of “money”. Participants (210: 70 students, 70 retailers and 70 bank clerks) filled out the tri-partited on-line questionnaire. Through a Factorial Analysis of Variance and Covariance results show that there are some significant correlations between personality traits and perception of economical crisis, as well as between the perception of money and the crisis awareness. Some results are discussed about the differences perceived by the subjects of a specific category (but lower than those generated by the personality traits) and crisis. Finally, referring to the previous studies of Rumiati & Lotto (1996 and 2006), the perception of money changed in the Italian context in the last few seven years and the economical crisis could be one of the main causes.

Could the awareness of threat about the crisis and personality traits influence money perception?, 2014.

Could the awareness of threat about the crisis and personality traits influence money perception?

Bustreo, Massimo;MORO, DAVIDE;Russo, Vincenzo
2014

Abstract

Nowadays, due to the current economic downturn, consumers are uncertain, afraid, and concerned about how the crisis affects the personal and economic futures. This research starts from the results of the studies of Snelders, Hussein, Lea, & Webley (1992) and Rumiati & Lotto (1996 and 2006) that show how the mental representation of the “money” category should be different among people as they have different ways of handling money depending on their specific activities and on the different levels of expertise. Little has been done in terms of examining the Italian economical crisis context from a social-psychological point of view concerning money perception. The aim of this research is to investigate the differences in the perception of money by students, retailers and bank clerks, and how these differences depend not only from the expertise in handling money but also from traits of personality and awareness of threat about the actual economical crisis. To reach this goal the study used the new Financial Threat Scale (Marjanovic, Greenglass, Fiksenbaum, & Bell, 2013), a 5-item scale which was designed to measure the awareness of the economic crisis. A variant of Myer-Briggs Test Indicator (Antoni & Giaconi, 2012) was used to analyze the personality traits. A replication study of the questionnaire of Rumiati & Lotto (2006) was done to confirm the evidence that showed that different exemplars of money are actually perceived as differently representative of the concept of “money”. Participants (210: 70 students, 70 retailers and 70 bank clerks) filled out the tri-partited on-line questionnaire. Through a Factorial Analysis of Variance and Covariance results show that there are some significant correlations between personality traits and perception of economical crisis, as well as between the perception of money and the crisis awareness. Some results are discussed about the differences perceived by the subjects of a specific category (but lower than those generated by the personality traits) and crisis. Finally, referring to the previous studies of Rumiati & Lotto (1996 and 2006), the perception of money changed in the Italian context in the last few seven years and the economical crisis could be one of the main causes.
economical crisis, financial threat scale, money perception, Myer-Briggs Type Indicator, personality traits
Could the awareness of threat about the crisis and personality traits influence money perception?, 2014.
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