ERIC Number: ED072148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
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Level of Abstraction of Disagreements as a Determinant of Cross-Cultural Interpersonal Perception. Illinois Studies of the Economically Disadvantaged, Technical Report Number 13.
Triandis, Harry C.; And Others
In order to choose among several strategies of cross-cultural training, a standard experimental paradigm is needed to inexpensively generate reliable and valid data. The research presented in this document provides what appears to be such a paradigm. It involves the presentation of intercultural conflict to subjects, under standardized conditions. The responses that the subjects make can be analyzed to determine the effects of different kinds of training on modifications of such responses. This study has several foci: (1) to explore the importance of level of abstraction of disagreement on interpersonal attraction; (2) to examine the importance of the sequence of agreements and disagreements; and, (3) to explore a paradigm which can be used in comparisons of intercultural training. The elements of subjective culture may be organized according to their level of abstraction: At the highest level there are values and at the lowest level there are specific beliefs about the means for reaching specific goals. Intermediate between these two levels are other elements of subjective culture such as norms and roles. One reason for the possibly greater importance of the more abstract of the disagreements is that when there is a disagreement at a high level of abstraction, it automatically implies disagreement at all other levels. (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Psychology.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois