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ERIC Number: ED156799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Confrontation Avoidance in Island Cultures: Some Observations in Guam and Micronesia.
Ford, C. Christopher; Carey, Edwin
The avoidance of interpersonal confrontations is a behavioral pattern which seems to be common to small homogeneous island cultures. At the University of Guam, a quasi-experimental study was designed to investigate this confrontation avoidance phenomenon in Guam and Micronesia. This paper presents a description of that study and a discussion of the social context of confrontation avoidance strategies. The questionnaire which was administered to participants in the study is also included. It consists of a series of situations describing events and conditions which could occur in different parts of Micronesia. Participants were asked to select alternative solutions to the situations--some entailing confrontation and others avoiding it--and to comment upon their selection. The questionnaire results are reviewed briefly in the paper. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Guam; Micronesia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (4th, Phoenix, Arizona, February, 1978); The Questionnaire may not reproduce well due to marginal legibility of the original document