Possession centrality to self, perceptions of control, and the experience of disposition
AuthorYoung, Melissa Martin, 1963-
AdvisorJaworski, Bernard J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis research considers the relationship between possession centrality to self and perceptions of control on the antecedents, events, and consequences of the disposition, separation, giving up, and loss of possessions. The following dispositional behaviors are explored: (1) etic motivations of disposition; (2) methods of disposition; (3) emotional reactions to disposition; (4) etic meanings of disposition; and (5) replacement factors. Structured by a two-by -two, within-subjects research design, survey questionnaires and in-depth interviews are used to elicit retrospective data concerning four dispositional experiences--one from each cell in the research design. These data are then compared between high and low centrality possessions, high and low control dispositions, and their interactions. Although this study is exploratory, it provides suggestive evidence that possession centrality and perceptions of control are key dimensions which affect dispositional experiences. Furthermore, methods of disposition, possession types, and transitional events appear to coincide with these dimensions.
Degree ProgramGraduate College