Attachment to Possessions Survey (Ball, 1992)

1. Imagine for a moment someone making fun of your ……. How much would you agree with the statement, “If someone ridiculed my ……, I would feel irritated.”

2. How much do you agree with the statement, “My …… reminds me of who I am.”

3. Picture yourself encountering someone who would like to get to know you. How much do you think you would agree with the statement, “If I were describing myself, my …… would likely be something I mentioned.”

4. Suppose someone managed to destroy your ……. Think about how you would feel. How much do you agree with the statement, “If someone destroyed my ……, I would feel a little bit personally attacked.”

5. Imagine for a moment that you lost your ……. Think of your feelings after such an event. How much do you agree with the statement, “If I lost my ……, I would feel like I had lost a little bit of myself.”

6. How much do you agree with the statement, “I don’t really have too many feelings about my …….”

7. Imagine for a moment someone admiring your ……. How much would you agree with the statement, “If someone praised my ……, I would feel somewhat praised myself.”

8. Think for a moment about whether or not people who know you might think of your …… when they think of you. How much do you agree with the statement, “Probably people who know me might sometimes think of my …… when they think of me.”

9. Imagine for a moment that you have lost your ……. Think about going through your daily activities knowing that it is gone. How much do you agree with the statement, “If I didn’t have my ……, I would feel a little bit less like myself.”

Source: Ball, A. D., & Tasaki, L. H. (1992). The role and measurement of attachment in consumer behavior. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 1(2), 155-172.

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Relevant Scale: Kleine, S. S., Kleine III, R. E., & Allen, C. T. (1995). How is a possession” me” or” not me”? Characterizing types and an antecedent of material possession attachment. Journal of Consumer Research, 327-343.

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