ERIC Number: ED191095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Communication and Culture: Interpersonal Attraction.
Brown, Lydia Ledesma; Emry, Robert A.
Cultural differences in interpersonal attraction were studied using 93 black, 112 Chicano, and 112 white college students who completed 40 Likert-type rating scales for each of four concepts of attraction (intimate, friendship, acquaintance, and stranger attraction). When a factor solution was generated, differences were noted in the amount of variance accounted for by the composite population and by each of the subgroups. When similar factors were identified across the sample populations, these factors accounted for differing amounts of variance, suggesting that the three cultural groups placed differing degrees of importance on factors contributing to interpersonal attraction. In general, the black students made more holistic assessments and did not differentiate among task attractiveness, social/physical attractiveness, and affective/cognitive attractiveness. The Chicano students appeared to have accepted more responsibility in facilitating the growth of the attractive other person, while the black and the white students considered attractiveness dependent on the other person's ability to facilitate another's growth. The white students seemed more concerned than the other cultural groups that the other person in the relationship possess generalized respect and a societal commitment. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Communication Association (Portland, OR, February 16-20, 1980).