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Sociocultural Differences in Self- Construal and Subjective Well-Being: A Test of Four Cultural Models

Alao, A. A. and Jose, P.E. and Sheldon, K.M. and Singelis, T.M and Cheung, M.W.L. and Tiliouine, H. and Chio, J.H.M. and Lui, J.Y.M. and Chun, W.Y. and Golec de Zavala, A. and Hakuzimana, A. and Hertel, J. and Liu, J.T. and Onyewadume, M. and Sims, C. (2010) Sociocultural Differences in Self- Construal and Subjective Well-Being: A Test of Four Cultural Models. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42 (5). pp. 832-855. ISSN 1552-5422

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In this study, the authors tested four cultural models—independence, interdependence, conflict, and integration—that describe the hypothesized relationships between dimensions of self-construal and components of subjective well-being among individualistic and collectivistic countries. Collectivistic countries that have undergone rapid socioeconomic changes (i.e., East Asian countries) and those with limited changes (i.e., African countries) were differentiated. Participants were 791 university students from four Western countries, 749 university students from three East Asian countries, and 443 university students from three African countries. Findings provided some support for the applicability of (a) the independence model to individuals from Western countries and (b) the integration model to individuals from East Asian countries. Mixed results were found among the African countries. The interdependence model is more applicable to African participants from the sub-Saharan region, but the integration model is more applicable to those from the North African region.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2013 06:47
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2013 06:47

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