Individual dispositions and interpersonal concerns underlying bullied victims' self-disclosure in Japan and the US

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Abstract

This study examined mechanisms underlying bullied individuals' self-disclosure and post-bullying adjustment by highlighting their culturally rooted orientations (self-construal and communication standards) and interpersonal concerns. To test the hypotheses, a structural equation mixture modeling analysis was performed using cross-cultural data collected from Japanese and US college students (n = 219 and 284, respectively), who reported on their past bullying experience (recall M = 1.58 years). The results suggested that: (i) self-construal and communication standard profiles help predict victims' self/ other-protection concerns; (ii) other-protection concerns drive Japanese victims' disclosure/non-disclosure patterns, whereas self-protection concerns drive those of US victims; and (iii) disclosure is generally associated with positive adjustment. The findings' theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1124-1148
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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