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Title: Loneliness and life satisfaction amongst three cultural groups
Authors: Goodwin, R
Cook, O
Yung, Y
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Blackwell
Citation: Goodwin, R., Cook, O., & Yung, Y. (2001). Loneliness & life satisfaction among three cultural groups. Personal Relationships, 8, 225-230.
Abstract: Abstract Studies into loneliness and life satisfaction have rarely assessed the role of culture in moderating the relationship between these variables. The present study examined the relationship between loneliness and life satisfaction using data from three nonstudent samples collected from Italian, Anglo-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian populations. A total of 206 respondents completed the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale (Russell, Peplau, & Cutrona, 1980) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985). Two contrasting hypotheses were compared: one, a “postmodern” hypothesis, predicting that the relationship between life satisfaction and loneliness would be stronger in our individualist sample of Anglo-Canadians, and a second, “relational” hypothesis predicting this association to be strongest in our collectivist, Chinese-Canadian sample. Our findings demonstrated that culture has a small but significant impact on the relationship between loneliness and life satisfaction, and, consistent with the relational hypothesis, the relationship between the two concepts was strongest among our Chinese-Canadian respondents and weakest among our Anglo-Canadian participants This finding is discussed in the context of the strong expectations of social cohesion in collectivist societies.
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