Cultural Background and Individualistic-Collectivistic Values in Relation to Similarity, Perspective Taking, and Empathy

Heinke, Miriam S. and Louis, Winnifred R. (2009) Cultural Background and Individualistic-Collectivistic Values in Relation to Similarity, Perspective Taking, and Empathy. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39 11: 2570-2590. doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2009.00538.x

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Author Heinke, Miriam S.
Louis, Winnifred R.
Title Cultural Background and Individualistic-Collectivistic Values in Relation to Similarity, Perspective Taking, and Empathy
Journal name Journal of Applied Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9029
Publication date 2009-11
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2009.00538.x
Volume 39
Issue 11
Start page 2570
End page 2590
Total pages 21
Editor Andrew Baum
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
1701 Psychology
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract A path model testing antecedents and consequences of perceived similarity was examined for Asian and European Australian participants (N = 240). Cultural background and values were measured, and participants read scenarios describing a target in distress acting according to individualistic or collectivistic values. Consistent with past research, feeling similar to the target was linked to perspective taking and empathy. Moreover, Asian participants were more collectivistic, and collectivistic values were linked to higher empathy. In the present data, however, both endorsed higher levels of collectivism than individualism; individualism scores were equal; and the two values were positively correlated. Moreover, neither cultural background nor values were consistently linked to similarity. Implications are discussed for research on cultural background, values, and social interactions.
Keyword OTHERS
SELF
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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