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Title: Cultural differences in intimacy: The influence of gender-role ideology and individualism-collectivism
Authors: Marshall, TC
Keywords: Chinese;culture;dating;intimacy;gender roles;relationships
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 25 (1) 143-168
Abstract: Two studies examined emotional intimacy in European Canadian and Chinese Canadian dating relationships. Cultural differences in gender-role ideology and individualism–collectivism were hypothesized to differentially contribute to selfdisclosure and responsiveness, and in turn, intimacy. Study 1 revealed that Chinese Canadians’ lower intimacy relative to European Canadians was mediated by their greater gender-role traditionalism but not by their individualism or collectivism. Study 2 further linked greater gender-role traditionalism to lower self-disclosure, and in turn, lower intimacy. Results also revealed that Chinese Canadians’ lower intimacy mediated their lower relationship satisfaction and higher rate of relationship termination in Study 1, but that Chinese Canadians were not any more likely to terminate their relationships in Study 2.
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Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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