Uncertainty orientation and affective experiences: Individual differences within and across cultures

R.M. Sorrentino , John B. Nezlek , Satoru Yasunga , S. Kouhara , Yasuano Ohtsubo , P. Shuper


This study examined whether people with the same self-regulatory style of coping with uncertainty differed in their affective experiences as a function of what may be the dominant coping style of their culture. Two hundred twenty men and women from universities in Japan and Canada described the extent to which they experienced various emotions. Consistent with their expectations, the authors found that participants whose uncertainty orientation matched that of their country (i.e., uncertainty-oriented students in Canada, certainty-oriented students in Japan) experienced more active emotions than mismatched participants (i.e., certainty-oriented students in Canada, uncertainty-oriented students in Japan), who experienced more passive emotions. Moreover, those who matched their country's coping style also reported experiencing more positive and fewer negative emotions than mismatched students. These results suggest that the theory of uncertainty orientation has important implications for research on affective experiences within and across cultures
Author R.M. Sorrentino
R.M. Sorrentino,,
, John B. Nezlek (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
John B. Nezlek,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
, Satoru Yasunga
Satoru Yasunga,,
, S. Kouhara
S. Kouhara,,
, Yasuano Ohtsubo
Yasuano Ohtsubo,,
, P. Shuper
P. Shuper,,
Journal seriesJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, ISSN 0022-0221, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2008
Publication size in sheets0.85
ASJC Classification3314 Anthropology; 3316 Cultural Studies; 3207 Social Psychology
URL journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0022022107312586
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 1.725; WoS Impact Factor: 2008 = 1.528 (2) - 2008=2.349 (5)
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