Taboo Topics Among Chinese and English Freiends - a Cross Cultural-Coparison

Goodwin, R. and Lee, I. (1994) Taboo Topics Among Chinese and English Freiends - a Cross Cultural-Coparison. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 25 (3). pp. 325-338. ISSN 0022-0221. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This study adopted Gudykunst and Ting-Toomey's Cultural Variability Model to examine gender and cultural patterns in levels of taboo within the friendships of students from two cultures. Eighty-two British and 81 Chinese students completed self-report schedules inquiring about those topics they considered to be taboo in their relationship with a close friend. Responses were evaluated in a 2 (Sex) x 2 (Culture) x 2 (Sex of Friend) design, and levels of taboo for 35 topics of discussion/behaviours were recorded. Results were largely consistent with the Cultural Variability Model, with Chinese students recording a greater level of taboo than their British counterparts and with males recording higher levels of taboo in their friendship than females. Interaction effects were not as expected, with males disclosing more to other male friends rather than to female friends.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2009 16:16
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