– This article aims to explore, and compare, the perceived association between economic
resources and peer relationships among two age groups of Swedish tweens.
– The data consist of 101 drawings by Swedish tweens, aged nine,
and aged 12. The children were asked if and how children can attract friends through the use
– Most children did perceive economic resources as a means to attract friends. However, both the kind of items that were found in the drawings, and the children’s perceptions of how
to use the items, were relatively different between children aged nine and children aged 12.
– Because of the small sample size, it is not possible to generalize
results obtained in the current study to a population of children in general.
– If children believe that they can use material goods to become more popular
and accepted, they may be highly vulnerable to the internalisation of materialistic values. In
order to more deeply understand the meaning of consumption in children’s peer
relationships, there is a need to gain more knowledge of the extent to which children
themselves perceive money as a means of attracting friends.
– Previous research indicates that material possessions are important for children in
order to gain popularity among peers. However, few studies have tried to investigate if and
how children perceive economic resources as a means to attract friends, in different age
children, Consumption, Economic resources, Friendship, Peers, Tweens
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