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ERIC Number: ED141453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
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Culture-Specific Belief Stereotypy and its Personality, Attitudinal and Intellective Correlates.
Ho, D. Y. F.
The main objective of this study was to develop a measure of belief stereotypy for individuals. This study examined the extent to which popular stereotyped cultural beliefs were incorporated by individuals and investigated the psychological implications of belief stereotypy in a variety of personality, attitudinal, and intellective functions. Two scales for measuring individual belief stereotypy were devised. One scale was comprised of Chinese popular sayings, either in their original form or reworded, expressing stereotypic descriptive or existential beliefs; the other scale was not culture-specific. Data on these scales and other measures were obtained from 230 Hong Kong freshmen students. The results showed that belief stereotypy was positively correlated with authoritarianism, rigidity, dogmatism, conformity, culturcentrism, traditionalism, prejudice against women, and compulsive study orientation, but negatively correlated with academic performance, second-language skills, and verbal intelligence. These results demonstrated the methodological efficacy of using materials already available in the Chinese culture in psychological research which linked the study of individual belief systems with cultural beliefs. (Author/JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Asia Foundation, New York, NY.
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong