Cross-cultural differences in supportive responses to positive event disclosure

Sim, Lester and Ip, Ka I. and Aşçıgil, Esra and Edelstein, Robin S. and Lee, Fiona (2023) Cross-cultural differences in supportive responses to positive event disclosure. Journal of Positive Psychology . ISSN 1743-9760 (Print) 1743-9779 (Online) Published Online First

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Perceived reactions to sharing of good news (capitalization), can have important implications for romantic relationships. Typically, when European Americans perceive that their partners respond in an active constructive (versus passive and/or destructive,) manner, they tend to perceive their partners as more responsive and report higher relationship quality. RHowever, cross-cultural differences in norms can influence peoples’ preference for different capitalization responses and whether different capitalization responses convey partner responsiveness. In a combined sample of European Americans, East, and South Asians (N = 915), we investigated whether links among capitalization responses, perceived partner responsiveness, and relationship quality differed by culture. People who perceived active constructive and passive destructive responses reported higher and lower levels of partner responsiveness and relationship satisfaction, respectively. Further, European Americans who perceived active destructive, and European Americans and East Asians who perceived passive constructive, responses, reported less partners responsiveness and relationship satisfaction. South Asians who perceived passive constructive responses reported greater partner responsiveness and relationship satisfaction. East and South Asians who perceived active destructive responses did not differ in relationship satisfaction. Our findings provide a cross-cultural perspective on the study of romantic couples’ positive event disclosure and expand capitalization research to an understudied sample of South Asians.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: close relationships; cross-cultural; good news sharing; Perceived responses to capitalization attempts
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Esra Aşçıgil
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2023 16:02
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2023 16:02

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