Exploring Cultural Differences in the Extent to Which People Perceive and Desire Control
Matthew J Hornsey, Katharine H Greenaway, Emily A Harris, Paul G Bain
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019
In a seminal theory piece, Weisz and colleagues argued that control over one's environment was less attainable and desirable in Japan than in America. Subsequently, many scholars have extrapolated from this argument to claim broad-based cultural differences in control: that Western/individualist cultures perceive and desire more personal control over their environment than do Eastern/collectivist cultures. Yet surprisingly little empirical research has put this claim to the test. To test this notion, in Study 1 we examined perceived control over one's life in 38 nationally representative samples ( N = 48,951). In Study 2, we measured desire for control in community samples across 27 nations ..View full abstract
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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Work reported in the current article was supported by funding from the Australian Research Council (DE160100761).