Multimethod Probes of Allocentrism and Idiocentrism

Harry C. Triandis, Darius K.‐S. Chan, Dharm P. S. Bhawuk, Sumiko Iwao, Jai B.P. Sinha
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 30 Issue 4

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Collectivism and individualism are cultural syndromes that have some common cores. Allocentrism and idiocentrism are constructs at the individual level that correspond to collectivism and individualism respectively at the cultural level. In two studies, the first with American (from Illinois) and the second with Japanese subjects, we examined the best way to measure these common cores. We also present the recommended items in two appendices, and provide information about the reliability and convergent validity of the items in these appendices. Finally, we tested the hypothesis that women will be more allocentric than men. We obtained only directional support in the US but fairly good support of this hypothesis in Japan.

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