The Importance of Psychological Traits: A Cross-Cultural Study / Edition 1

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Overview

This valuable text presents an exhaustive examination of the relative importance and favorability assigned to different psychological characteristics in a variety of cultural settings. Importance ratings in a worldwide sample of twenty countries, and the relative favorability of these traits in a subset of ten, are calculated in terms of the Five-Factor Model of personality and other scoring systems. One noteworthy chapter summarizes findings from previous cross-cultural studies evaluating gender and age stereotypes and self concepts. A unique feature is the extensive set of appendices, of which two let readers test hypotheses of their own devising and provide the individual item values for the Five-Factor Model scoring system.
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"This is an important book for transcultural psychiatry. … The authors of this book summarize research over a number of years designed to determine the cross-cultural consistency of trait dimensions. … One of the unique aspects of this study concerned measures of the relative favorability and the psychological importance of traits." (Joel Paris, Transcultural Psychiatry, Vol. 41 (3), 2004)

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Reports the findings from extensive cross-cultural studies of the relative importance of different psychological traits in 20 countries, and the relative favorability of these traits in a subset of 10 countries. The psychological characteristics studied are the 300 items of the Adjective Check List (Gough & Heilbrun, 1980). Concepts, methodology, and interpretation are fully presented. In addition, the appendices enable interested readers to test hypotheses of their own. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441932983
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/6/2010
  • Series: Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 193
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Concepts and Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology. Psychological Importance, the Five-Factor Model, and Transactional Analysis Theory. The Relative Favorability of Psychological Traits: A 10-Country Study. Psychological Importance: Method and Gender Analyses. Psychological Importance: Item Level Analyses. Psychological Importance: Theory Level Analyses. Psychological Importance: Relations to Cultural Comparison Variables. Summary and Integration of Findings. Retrospect and Prospect: A Broader View. Appendixes. Author Index. Subject Index.
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