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The “sweet” process of Amae and its link to attachment: a cross-cultural study comparing Japanese speaking and non-Japanese speaking individuals

Guérin, Katia LU (2018) PSYP01 20181
Department of Psychology
Abstract
For a long time, Amae has been being considered an emotion culturally unique to Japan and an indigenous concept. However, cross-cultural studies are rare and often contain many limitations. Amae is also often associated with the concept of attachment, but the relationship between the two concepts have yet to be determined. The current study was exploratory and aimed to investigate further cultural differences between Japan and Western societies associated with Amae and its relationship to attachment. A sample of 168 participants answered an online questionnaire in either English or Japanese. This questionnaire contained a 28 items scale for Amae and a 38 items scale for attachment. Participants were divided into a Japanese speaking group... (More)
For a long time, Amae has been being considered an emotion culturally unique to Japan and an indigenous concept. However, cross-cultural studies are rare and often contain many limitations. Amae is also often associated with the concept of attachment, but the relationship between the two concepts have yet to be determined. The current study was exploratory and aimed to investigate further cultural differences between Japan and Western societies associated with Amae and its relationship to attachment. A sample of 168 participants answered an online questionnaire in either English or Japanese. This questionnaire contained a 28 items scale for Amae and a 38 items scale for attachment. Participants were divided into a Japanese speaking group and a non-Japanese speaking group. Results indicated differences between the groups for the amae scale, as well as a relationship between certain Amae types and attachment types. However, further research is needed to assess more specifically the cultural differences that can occur between Japan and Western societies, as well as the Amae-attachment relationship. (Less)
Abstract (Japanese)
日本だと、「甘え」は日常用語だが、外国語に訳せないことで、心理学で長年注目されている。日本特有な概念ではないかと考える研究者もいる。また、甘えと愛着が親密な概念と考えられる。そのため、本研究では、異文化に違いがどれぐらい甘えに影響するかと、甘えと愛着の関係を調べる目的だった。甘え尺と愛着尺を組み合わせたオンライン調査が作られ、英語と日本語で回答していただいた168人を分析した。結果、日本語の喋れる人や喋れない人に意外な差が出た。しかし、この差が単なる異文化か別な原因か、さらに研究する必要がある。
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Guérin, Katia LU
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PSYP01 20181
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Amae, attachment, indigenous concept, culturally unique, emotion, cross-cultural, Japanese speaking, non-Japanese speaking, 甘え, 愛着, 日本特有, 感情, 異文化, 文化の違い, 日本語, 外国語, 甘え尺度, 愛着尺度
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English
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8948687
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2018-06-13 12:05:38
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2018-06-13 12:05:38
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  abstract     = {For a long time, Amae has been being considered an emotion culturally unique to Japan and an indigenous concept. However, cross-cultural studies are rare and often contain many limitations. Amae is also often associated with the concept of attachment, but the relationship between the two concepts have yet to be determined. The current study was exploratory and aimed to investigate further cultural differences between Japan and Western societies associated with Amae and its relationship to attachment. A sample of 168 participants answered an online questionnaire in either English or Japanese. This questionnaire contained a 28 items scale for Amae and a 38 items scale for attachment. Participants were divided into a Japanese speaking group and a non-Japanese speaking group. Results indicated differences between the groups for the amae scale, as well as a relationship between certain Amae types and attachment types. However, further research is needed to assess more specifically the cultural differences that can occur between Japan and Western societies, as well as the Amae-attachment relationship.},
  author       = {Guérin, Katia},
  keyword      = {Amae,attachment,indigenous concept,culturally unique,emotion,cross-cultural,Japanese speaking,non-Japanese speaking,甘え,愛着,日本特有,感情,異文化,文化の違い,日本語,外国語,甘え尺度,愛着尺度},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The “sweet” process of Amae and its link to attachment: a cross-cultural study comparing Japanese speaking and non-Japanese speaking individuals},
  year         = {2018},
}