6. Researchers seeking compulsive shoppers
Researchers from the Department of Psychology are seeking
research subjects for a study into binge buying and compulsive
Anyone who is suffering from compulsive shopping or experiencing
such symptoms as uncontrollable urges to shop, purchasing
much more than intended with many of the items going unused,
significant debts and family problems due to overspending, and
feelings of guilt and shame because of binge buying is eligible.
In addition, subjects not experiencing difficulties with buying,
but who are interested in supporting research in this field
are also required.
Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires
and tasks, and treatment is also available through the University
of Melbourne Psychology Clinic. For ethical reasons, no rewards
can be offered other than the increased understanding of
compulsive shopping in Australia. Participants will, however,
be reimbursed $20 to cover any travel or other expenses.
Contact Paul McQueen or Carl Zabel in the Department of
Psychology, by telephone to 8344 5572.
This is an Ethics Committee approved study.