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Toward an Understanding of Consumer Ambivalence

Cele Otnes, Tina M Lowrey and L J Shrum

Journal of Consumer Research, 1997, vol. 24, issue 1, 80-93

Abstract: A case study of wedding planning is used to explore the concept of consumer ambivalence. Focus groups, in-depth interviews, and shopping trips were employed to generate text. A formal definition of consumer ambivalence is provided. Our analysis revealed four antecedents of consumer ambivalence: expectation versus reality, overload, role conflict with purchase influences, and custom and value conflict. These antecedents were then linked to particular coping strategies that informants employed to manage the ambivalence that was generated. Suggestions of how future research might explore consumer ambivalence are offered. Copyright 1997 by the University of Chicago.

Date: 1997
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