The romantic relationship standards of Chinese-Australians: The influence of Western acculturation and cultural cues on gender role and sexual communion ideologies.

Maree Hawkswell (2010). The romantic relationship standards of Chinese-Australians: The influence of Western acculturation and cultural cues on gender role and sexual communion ideologies. Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Maree Hawkswell
Thesis Title The romantic relationship standards of Chinese-Australians: The influence of Western acculturation and cultural cues on gender role and sexual communion ideologies.
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Kim Halford
Total pages 93
Abstract/Summary The current study is on the romantic relationship standards of Chinese-Australians. This research relates specifically to relationship standards on gender roles and sexual communion; two constructs linked to important relational and personal outcomes and thought to differ greatly between Chinese and Western cultures. The aim of this study was to determine whether relationship standards endorsed by Chinese-Australians are responsive to cultural cues. Bilingual Chinese-Australian participants were randomly assigned to complete either an English or Chinese version of an online questionnaire containing self-report measures of cultural identity and relationship standards. It was anticipated that responding to the English questionnaire would prime participants to the norms of the mainstream culture. As hypothesised, participants indicating high Western acculturation were likely to express Western-congruent relationship standards. Whilst questionnaire language was not shown to influence reports of relationship standards, it did shift responses on measures of cultural identification, thus providing evidence of construct-specific priming. There was a significant interaction between questionnaire condition and Western acculturation on measures of sexual communion, such that the effect of Western acculturation on sexual communion was greatest for participants completing the English questionnaire. The practical and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.

 
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