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Title:The Relations Among Culture, Parental Socialization of Emotions, and Alexithymia
Author(s):Le, Huynh-Nhu
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Berenbaum, Howard
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Psychology, Personality
Abstract:I examined the relations among culture, retrospective reports of parental socialization of emotions (PSE), and alexithymia. Participants were European American (EA) and Asian American (AA) college students. Alexithymia was measured using the Toronto Alexithymia Scale and the Identification and Communication of Emotions Scale. PSE was measured retrospectively using two questionnaires and an interview designed for this study. As predicted, culture was associated with alexithymia, with Asian Americans reporting higher levels of alexithymia than did European Americans. Similarly, culture was associated with PSE. Compared to EA parents, AA parents were less likely to display physical affection and to verbalize positive emotions. There was a weak trend for AA parents to use more avoidance in unpleasant situations relative to EA parents. PSE was also associated with alexithymia. The most important finding was that PSE mediated the relationship between culture and the ability to identify and communicate emotions.
Issue Date:1997
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:148 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/82225
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9812671
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997


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