Cultural Differences in Attitudes Toward Action and Inaction: The Role of Dialecticism
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AbstractThe current research examined whether nations differ in their attitudes toward action and inaction. It was anticipated that members of dialectical East Asian societies would show a positive association in their attitudes toward action/inaction. However, members of non-dialectical European-American societies were expected to show a negative association in their attitudes toward action/inaction. Young adults in 19 nations completed measures of dialectical thinking and attitudes toward action/inaction. Results from multi-level modeling showed, as predicted, that people from high dialecticism nations reported a more positive association in their attitudes toward action and inaction than people from low dialecticism nations. Furthermore, these findings remained after controlling for cultural differences in individualism-collectivism, neuroticism, gross-domestic product, and response style. Discussion highlights the implications of these findings for action/inaction goals, dialecticism, and culture. © The Author(s) 2013.
All Author(s) ListZell E., Su R., Li H., Ho M.-H.R., Hong S., Kumkale T., Stauffer S.D., Zecca G., Cai H., Roccas S., Arce-Michel J., de Sousa C., Diaz-Loving R., Botero M.M., Mannetti L., Garcia C., Carrera P., Cabalero A., Ikemi M., Chan D., Bernardo A., Garcia F., Brechan I., Maio G., Albarracin D.
Journal nameSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Volume Number4
Issue Number5
PublisherSage Periodicals Press
Place of PublicationUnited States
Pages521 - 528
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsaction research, attitudes, attitudinal ambivalence, culture and cognition, culture/ethnicity

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