Title page for ETD etd-01182011-130229

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author He, Yang
Author's Email Address yhe2@lsu.edu
URN etd-01182011-130229
Title College Students' Apparel Shopping Orientation Changes in Relations to Life Events
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Liu,Chuanlan Committee Chair
McRoberts, Lisa Committee Member
Lawrence, Frances Committee Member
  • apparel shopping orientation
  • life events
  • patronage behavior
Date of Defense 2010-12-15
Availability unrestricted
Apparel shopping orientation studies usually focus on categorizing shoppers into different segments based on individualsí characteristics. This study presents changes in college studentsí apparel shopping orientation, which result from experienced and anticipated life events and lead to store and brand preference changes in retail patronage context. Graduation serves as a milestone of life event leading to role transition in a college studentís life. The experienced and anticipated life events around graduation create new consumption needs that demand readjustment. Graduating college students are likely to change their store and brand preferences since they attempt to change their apparel shopping orientation due to role transition from a student to an employee.

A research framework was developed based on review of literature on life event and retail patronage followed by hypotheses development. An online survey was administered to graduating students identified from a major university in southern state the United States. Empirical studies provide evidence to support research hypotheses. The research findings showed that all identified six dimensions of apparel shopping orientations had significant influence on changes in patronage preferences, both in store and brand preferences. Theoretical and practical implications were provided. Recommendations for future research are also discussed.

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