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Title:Help-seeking attitudes in Chinese: the role of personal self-esteem, collective self-esteem and loss of face
Author(s):Wang, Zhenni
Advisor(s):Hunter, Carla D.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Chinese college students
interpersonal paradigm
loss of face
Abstract:The study examine the role of agentic (personal self-esteem) and communal (collective self-esteem, loss of face) needs in predicting help-seeking attitudes in U.S.-born and mainland-born Chinese. One-hundred and sixty participants, of which 81 (60.6%) reported being born in the U.S. and 79 (49.4%) reported being born in mainland China filled out a set of questionnaires. Path analysis revealed the relationships between agentic and communal needs and help-seeking attitudes differ as a function of socializing context (i.e., birth place). However, agentic and communal needs were not expressed in a manner that was consistent with the socialization context in the hypothesized way. Specifically, collective self-esteem and face influenced the attitude of U.S.-born Chinese while personal self-esteem as well as collective self-esteem mattered to the mainland-born Chinese. Overall, there is not a straightforward single pattern that accounted for help-seeking attitudes for U.S.-born Chinese and Mainland-born Chinese. Implications of these findings on Chinese individual’s help-seeking attitudes are discussed.
Issue Date:2014-01-16
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Zhenni Wang
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-01-16
Date Deposited:2013-12

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