CROSS‐CULTURAL VARIATIONS IN RELATIONSHIP RULES

Authors:
Michael Argyle, Monika Henderson, Michael Bond, Yuichi Iizuka, Alberta Contarello
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
DOI:
10.1080/00207598608247591
Pages:
287–315
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 21 Issue 1-4

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A British study of the informal rules of 22 social relationships was replicated among Japanese, Hong Kong and Italian samples. Subjects were asked to rate the importance of 33 common and varying numbers of relationship‐specific rules to each of these relationships on a 9‐point bipolar scale. Multivariate analyses showed each culture has a structure of highly endorsed rules, although a number of cross‐cultural differences emerged in the nature of these rules, particularly those relating to intimacy. Certain cross‐cultural predictions were confirmed.

Une étude britannique des règles informelles de 22 relations sociales a été refaite sur des échantillons japonais, de Hong Kong et italiens. Des analyses multivariées ont montré que chaque culture possède une structure de règles hautement approuvées, bien qu'un nombre de différences interculturelles est apparu quant à la nature de ces règles, particulièrement celles en relation avec l'intimité. Certaines prédictions interculturelles ont été confirmées.

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