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ERIC Number: EJ777974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Apathy and Personality Traits among College Students: A Cross-Cultural Comparison
Bjornsen, Christopher A.; Scepansky, James A.; Suzuki, Akira
College Student Journal, v41 n3 p668-675 Sep 2007
The authors adapted a measure of apathy previously used with Japanese college students to investigate relations between this construct and personality traits among U.S. college students. Males and females reported similar levels of apathy, and both were significantly lower than those obtained from Japanese college students. Analyses demonstrate the construct validity of the apathy scales for use with English-speaking participants, and highlight interesting similarities and differences between North American and Japanese students. Results (a) suggest a differentiation between apathy and other personality constructs, (b) demonstrate that apathy is comprised of emotional, social, and goal-oriented components, and (c) point to cultural differences in the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan; United States