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ERIC Number: ED439369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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The Separation-Individuation Process and Culture: A Study on Taiwan's College Students.
Tam, Wai-Cheong Carl; Shiah, Yung-Jong; Chiang, Shih-Kuang
The separation-individuation process of individuals is mediated by cultural factors of the society to which the individuals belong. Since the Chinese culture emphasizes collectivism rather than the individualism of Western culture, it is believed that there are differences in the separation-individuation process of individuals between the two cultures. A questionnaire was administered to 487 Taiwan college students using the Separation-Individuation Process Inventory, and the Chinese Lai's Personality Inventory, which can discriminate maladjusted college students from the well-adjusted ones. The results indicate that in spite of the mean score of the sample being higher than that of the American counterparts, most of the Taiwan subjects were well-adjusted to college life without significant psychological or interpersonal problems. It argues that the separation-individuation process of the Taiwan college students is mediated by the Chinese culture that has a different value system from the Western culture. The research also suggests that this could have an impact on the counseling process which involves Chinese clients. (Contains 35 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan