• Cynical consumers: dangerous enemies, loyal friends 

    Helm, Amanda E., 1973- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2006)
    This dissertation introduces and develops the construct of consumer cynicism, characterized by a perception of a pervasive, systemic lack of integrity in the marketplace, and investigates how cynical consumers behave in ...
  • Social insecurity and the role of possessions: buying friends or replacing them? 

    Gunz, Alexander (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    This dissertation extends the literatures on coping and social anxiety by suggesting that people cope with social threats not just by directly trying to create (and restore) social relationships, but also by indirectly ...