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Implications of culture of honor theory and research for practitioners and prevention researchers

Gul, P., Cross, S. E., Uskul, A. K. (2021) Implications of culture of honor theory and research for practitioners and prevention researchers. American Psychologist, 76 . pp. 502-515. ISSN 0003-066X. (doi:10.1037/amp0000653) (KAR id:81611)

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Since the seminal publication of Nisbett and Cohen in 1996 linking the higher rates of violence in the Southern U.S. compared to the Northern U.S. to a “culture of honor,” researchers have paid increasing attention to conceptualizing honor and identifying its underlying psychological mechanisms and its behavioral outcomes. The concern for reputation and other values embedded in culture of honor act as potential sociocultural risk factors for several major social problems in the U.S. The aim of this article is to review the recent research on culture of honor and to discuss its societal implications by focusing on three pressing social problems: intimate partner aggression, school violence, and reluctance to seek mental health care. Relative to Whites in northern states, White populations in the southern and western states (considered to have cultures of honor) have higher levels of intimate partner violence, more school shootings, and are less likely to seek mental health care. We also briefly review the incidence of these issues among American Latinx groups, another culture of honor. We suggest ways that the scientific findings on culture of honor can enhance prevention and intervention efforts in education, health, and mental health care settings.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/amp0000653
Uncontrolled keywords: culture of honor; intimate partner violence; school violence; depression; suicide
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ayse Uskul
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 15:03 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2021 15:06 UTC
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