A new study has suggested that parental divorce could be one of the factors that contribute to compulsive buying behaviour in adulthood.
Author George P. Moschis said that when kids grow up in a disruptive environment for instance, if their parents divorced, they were born out of marriage or they did not get sufficient affection and attention from their parents - they try looking for satisfaction outside their home.
Moschis told the Huffington Post that there is a kind of insecurity and self esteem's impairment that could make some kind of need for feeling better about oneself.
He said those things that people buy make them feel good about, which kind of eases adverse feelings and that eventually becomes compulsive buying.
Moschis and his co-researchers asked 327 undergraduate students at two universities to fill out questionnaires about their spending habits and family history.
The findings have been published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs.