||Charles Harb (Convenor)
||This symposium is held under the auspices if the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP). The symposium assembles four presentations from researchers based in the Middle East and North Africa.
The first presentation by Kathleen Myambo and Walter Renner is titled "Human values in Egypt: A lexical approach". It reports a study from Egypt that asked university students to rate their preference for values systematically extracted from an Arabic dictionary. Results are compared with data obtained from Austria and from South Africa.
The second contribution is by Ghalya Saadawi, titled "Political party identity, national identity, and intergroup conflict in Lebanon". The paper presents both quantitative and qualitative material from a study with some 105 members of 4 different Lebanese political parties.
A third paper is authored by Rayane Alamuddin and Jesse Downs and is titled "Attitudes concerning violence against the US in the Arab Middle East: An alternative approach". The paper reports a survey study on Lebanese reactions to the US-led attck on Iraq, and compares attitudes of Muslims with that of Christians.
The final contribution comes from Charles Harb, the convenor of the symposium, and is titled "Predictors of life satisfaction across cultures: Values and self-constructs in the UK, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria". It reports data from a four-country study with altogether 854 participants, and supports the notion that different values and self-constructs predict well-being in different cultures.
Professor James Georgas from the University of Athens will act as discussant of the symposium.