Are there cross-cultural differences in emotional processing and social problem-solving?

Kwasniewska, A., Thomas, K. and Baker, R., 2014. Are there cross-cultural differences in emotional processing and social problem-solving? Polish Psychological Bulletin, 45 (2), 205 -210 .

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DOI: 10.2478/ppb-2014-0026

Abstract

Emotional processing and social problem-solving are important for mental well-being. For example, impaired emotional processing is linked with depression and psychosomatic problems. However, little is known about cross-cultural differences in emotional processing and social problem-solving and whether these constructs are linked. This study examines whether emotional processing and social problem-solving differs between Western (British) and Eastern European (Polish) cultures. Participants (N = 172) completed questionnaires assessing both constructs. Emotional processing did not differ according to culture, but Polish participants reported more effective social problem-solving abilities than British participants. Poorer emotional processing was also found to relate to poorer social problem-solving. Possible societal reasons for the findings and the implications of the findings for culture and clinical practice are discussed.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0079-2993
Uncontrolled Keywords:cross-cultural differences; emotional processing; social problem-solving.
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:21337
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:10 Jul 2014 08:54
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 14:57

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