ERIC Number: EJ958497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
Inter-Asian Variability in Intergenerational Communication
Ota, Hiroshi; McCann, Robert M.; Honeycutt, James M.
Human Communication Research, v38 n2 p172-198 Apr 2012
This study compared Japanese and Thai younger adults' intra- and intergenerational communication. Both groups linearly increased communicative respect and avoidance, beliefs about politeness, and deference norms as interlocutors got older (from young to middle-aged to older adult). Cross-culturally, the Thais reported more respectful communication to younger adults than did the Japanese, while the Japanese were more likely to be avoidant of communication with middle-aged adults. Both politeness and deference norms were more strongly endorsed by the Thais than Japanese. Via regression analysis, the deference norm positively predicted respectful communication to middle-aged and older adults in Japan, and for young and middle-aged targets in Thailand. Avoidant communication was found to negatively predict conversational enjoyment and satisfaction in both countries.
Descriptors: Older Adults, Norms, Foreign Countries, Intergenerational Programs, Regression (Statistics), Satisfaction, Comparative Education, Beliefs, Adults, Young Adults
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; Thailand