Online from: 1999
Subject Area: Marketing
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|Title:||Consumer research on tweens: putting the pieces together|
|Author(s):||Erika Lundby, (Doctoral Student at the School of Social Work, Linnæus University, Kalmar, Sweden)|
|Citation:||Erika Lundby, (2011) "Consumer research on tweens: putting the pieces together", Young Consumers: Insight and Ideas for Responsible Marketers, Vol. 12 Iss: 4, pp.326 - 336|
|Keywords:||Children, Consumption, Scandinavia, Sweden, Tweens, Young consumers|
|Article type:||Literature review|
|DOI:||10.1108/17473611111185878 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||Received: November 2010. Revised: April 2011. Accepted: August 2011.|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to critically review Scandinavian research on tweens as consumers from the years 1990-2007.
Design/methodology/approach – In total, 35 studies were examined. Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological perspective was used to depict what parts of children's lives had been investigated. The theory highlights different contexts and analytical levels in children's environments that may influence their consumer behavior.
Findings – Scandinavian research has mainly focused on the individual child as a consumer and on interpersonal relations. The societal transformations that gradually changes the Scandinavian countries seem to have been less investigated. In addition, there is a lack of Scandinavian consumer research on interaction between different contexts, such as parents and school, which may influence children's consumer behavior.
Research limitations/implications – This article has not critically reviewed each specific investigation in the field, but focused on the spread of aggregated Scandinavian research on tweens as consumers.
Practical implications – A more composite picture of consumption patterns among Scandinavian tweens is provided, which may be used as a guideline for educators, marketers and other professionals that interact with this age group.
Originality/value – Few attempts have been made to obtain a composite picture of Scandinavian consumer research on tweens. This question is of particular importance in times when the discourse of children's role in consumer society is changing, in order to understand the implications for future theoretical and empirical development in this dynamic field.
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