Self-Construal and Intra and Interethnic Social Interaction. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

John B. Nezlek , Juliette Schaafsma , Magdalena Safron , Izabela Krejtz


This study examined relationships between self-construal and the quality of daily interactions of three ethnic minority groups in Europe: ethnic Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands and Chechens in Poland. They described the social interactions they had for 2 weeks and they completed measures of independent and interdependent self-construal. We expected that, regardless of whether individuals’ self-construals match with prevailing construals in the host society, interdependent self-construal would be positively related to the quality of intra- and interethnic contact. The results largely confirmed this expectation. Across the two samples, participants who were higher in interdependent self-construal had more positive (and less negative) interactions than participants who were lower in interdependent self-construal. Some of these relationships varied as a function of whether or not a majority group member was present, however. Persons with a more interdependent construal of self felt more liked, respected, accepted, and free to express opinion during interactions in which a majority group member was present, whereas no such relationships were found for intra-ethnic interactions. There were very few relationships between independent self-construal and the quality of either intra- or interethnic contact. The results suggest that for the quality of ethnic minorities’ daily interactions, their interpersonal orientation is more important than a match between their orientation and the dominant orientation of the majority culture.
Author John B. Nezlek (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
John B. Nezlek,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
, Juliette Schaafsma
Juliette Schaafsma ,,
, Magdalena Safron (Wydział Psychologii)
Magdalena Safron,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Izabela Krejtz (Wydział Psychologii)
Izabela Krejtz,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, ISSN 0022-0221, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2012
Publication size in sheets0.7
ASJC Classification3314 Anthropology; 3316 Cultural Studies; 3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 1.725; WoS Impact Factor: 2012 = 1.547 (2) - 2012=2.056 (5)
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