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Do Happy Events Love Company? Cultural Variations in Sharing Positive Events With Others

Choi, Hyewon
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Choi, Hyewon
Advisor
Oishi, Shigehiro
Abstract
This study examined cultural differences in the act of sharing positive events with others, called capitalization attempts. The first three studies tested whether the frequency of capitalization attempts differs between cultures using various methods: Self-reports (Study 1), children’s storybooks (Study 2), and Facebook (Study 3). With the exception of Study 2, we found that East Asians are less likely to share their positive events with others than European Americans. Study 4 further examined the antecedents and consequences of capitalization attempts. We replicated the earlier findings that East Asians are hesitant to tell about their positive events and this is because they are more concerned about negatively affecting their social relationships. Moreover, we found the cultural differences in the frequency of capitalization attempts account for mean-level differences in well-being between cultures. Implications for capitalization, culture, and well-being are discussed.
Language
English
Date Received
20161012
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Psychology, MA (Master of Arts), 2016
Published Date
2016-10-12
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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