What Is Self Concept Of Individuals From Countries Of Different Cultures

1785 Words May 17th, 2016 8 Pages
Abstract
Self-concept is one’s view of personal identity and goals in relation to others, which could be influenced by culture and understood by the collectivism-individualism dimension. This study examines self-concept of individuals from countries of different cultures, to be compared to Individualism Index ratings to ascertain correlation with allocentric, idiocentric and group levels. The sample is dominantly Australian (72%), with 6.5% from United Kingdom, 2.6% from Singapore and 18.9% from other countries. The 234 undergraduates did the ‘I Am’ Test by completing seven statements beginning with ‘I am’ with self-descriptions. Individualism Index ratings were found to be positively correlated with the idiocentric answer score and negatively correlated with allocentric and group answer scores. The sample displayed idiocentric tendencies the most due to the highest mean score for idiocentric answers. While further research could be done to minimise identified weaknesses, this study has contributed significant support for past research, thus prove to be relevant in the pursuit for cultural competence in culturally diverse environments like tertiary education institutions.
Individualistic and Collectivistic Cultures as Influence on Personal Self-Concept
Self-concept is commonly defined as one’s view of personal identity, beliefs and goals in relation to others, which could be influenced by culture in many ways. The construct of self with respect to culture could be…
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