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J Pers Soc Psychol. 2004 Sep;87(3):354-62.

Culture and social support: who seeks it and why?

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Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. taylors@psych.ucla.edu

Abstract

Are Asians and Asian Americans more or less likely to seek social support for dealing with stress than European Americans? On the one hand, the collectivist orientation of Asian countries might favor the sharing of stressful problems; on the other hand, efforts to maintain group harmony might discourage such efforts. In 2 studies, Koreans (Study 1) and Asians and Asian Americans in the United States (Study 2) reported using social support less for coping with stress than European Americans. Study 3 examined potential explanations for these effects and revealed that relationship concerns accounted for the cultural differences in use of support seeking. Discussion centers on the potential benefits and liabilities of seeking social support.

PMID:
15382985
DOI:
10.1037/0022-3514.87.3.354
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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