The relationship between selected social factors and the clothing buying behavior patterns of black college students
Blacks have been noted as being one of the largest consumer groups in the United States. In general, Black consumers have been portrayed in the literature as a single, undifferentiated "Black Market" which consists of economically deprived consumers who have a uniform set of consumer needs; however, little is known about influences and behavior of segments of the Black market in reference to the external factors which influence their clothing buying behavior patterns. The purpose of this research is to determine the relationship between selected social factors (i.e., reference group, social participation, fashion involvement, clothing benefits sought, social environment) and clothing buying behavior patterns (i.e., type of store patronage, time/frequency clothing is purchased) of Black college students attending a predominantly Black university and attending a predominantly White university. Data were obtained from a convenience sample 333 Black undergraduates (200 attending the predominantly Black university, 133 attending the predominantly White university). The questionnaire regarding reference group, social participation, fashion involvement, clothing benefits sought, social environment, clothing buying behavior patters and demographics was administered in pre-selected core courses at the universities.