Cultural variations in the relationship between anger coping styles, depression and life satisfaction

Smith, Peter B, Easterbrook, Matthew J, Celikkol, Goksu Cagil, Chen, Sylvia Xiaohua, Ping, Hu and Rizwan, Muhammad (2016) Cultural variations in the relationship between anger coping styles, depression and life satisfaction. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47 (3). pp. 441-456. ISSN 0022-0221

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Abstract

Hypotheses are tested that ways of handling anger and their consequences will differ in student samples drawn from dignity cultures (UK and Finland), honor cultures (Turkey and Pakistan) and face cultures (Hong Kong and China). In line with our hypotheses, holding anger in and controlling anger correlate positively in face cultures but not in other samples, whereas holding anger in and letting anger out correlate positively in honor cultures but not in other samples. Furthermore, holding anger in and letting anger out are more strongly predictive of high depression and low life satisfaction in honor cultures than in other samples. The results provide support for the cross-cultural validity of Spielberger's (1999) anger expression inventory and for the proposition that differences in ways of handling anger can be understood in terms of contrasting cultural contexts.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 12:10
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 12:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57893

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