A Creative Reflective Essay Relating My Understanding of an Article from the Cross-Cultural Journal of Psychology:

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A Creative Reflective Essay Relating My Understanding of an Article from the Cross-Cultural Journal of Psychology: TWO DECADES OF CHANGE IN CULTURAL VALUES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN EIGHT EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLAND NATIONS (MICHAEL W. ALLEN, University of Sydney, Australia; SIK HUNG NG, City University of Hong Kong, China; KEN'ICHI lKEDA, University of Tolcyo, Japan; JAYUM A. JAWAN, Universiti Putra Malaysia; ANWARUL HASAN SUFI, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh; MARC WILSON, Victoria University, New Zealand; KUO-SHU YANG, Fo Guang College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Taiwan) This article is the result of the authors’ desire to answer the question: ‘Do cultural values and cultural change accompany economic progress?’…show more content…
Yet this issue was ignored and the short-sightedness of the survey’s design brings the results for both the 1982 and the 2002 survey into question. I do not believe it is possible to gain a true indication of the relationship between national culture and economic development using such a limiting instrument. Thirdly, I do not believe GDP is always a good indicator of the economic development of a nation. Economic development is more than a figure representing the total value of goods and services produced in a given year in comparison to total consumer, government and investment spending. Economic development is about increasing the standard of living and social wellbeing of a nation’s people in association with sustained economic growth but there does not appear to have been sufficient information collected to ascertain this was the case in all 8 nations. The USA could be considered one such example: a nation with a substantial GDP yet it has increasing deterioration in the level of general health and growing literacy issues across its population. Having critiqued the article and found what I consider to be several major flaws with the structure of the survey I still find myself in agreement with some of the survey’s findings. However, I do not agree with the recommendation for a future study that again uses Ng et al.’s (1982) survey: a new survey needs to be designed to address the

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