Families Across Cultures: A 30-Nation Psychological Study

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James Georgas, John W. Berry, Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Çigdem Kagitçibasi, Ype H. Poortinga
Cambridge University Press, Aug 3, 2006 - Psychology
Contemporary trends such as increased one-parent families, high divorce rates, second marriages and homosexual partnerships have all contributed to variations in the traditional family structure. But to what degree has the function of the family changed and how have these changes affected family roles in cultures throughout the world? This book attempts to answer these questions through a psychological study of families in thirty nations, carefully selected to present a diverse cultural mix. The study utilises both cross-cultural and indigenous perspectives to analyse variables including family networks, family roles, emotional bonds, personality traits, self-construal, and 'family portraits' in which the authors address common core themes of the family as they apply to their native countries. From the introductory history of the study of the family to the concluding indigenous psychological analysis of the family, this book is a source for students and researchers in psychology, sociology and anthropology.
 

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Contents

2
51
3
72
5 Hypotheses
100
6 Methodology of the study
111
7
126
how similar and how different are
186
9
243
10 Botswana
251
21 Greece
344
transitions and
353
23 India
362
traditional family in a
370
25 The Iranian family in a context of
378
tradition and change in the
386
27 Mexico
394
traditions and family portrait
402

Brazils subcultures
259
12 Britain
267
socialism and
275
14 Canada
284
new bottle old wine
293
16 Cyprus
303
17 Portrait of family in France
311
18 Georgia
319
continuity and change
327
20 Ghana
336
tolerance and
410
30 Nigeria
419
culture community and familial
427
tradition and change
435
33 The South African family
442
34 South Korea
450
tradition and modernity in family
458
36 Turkey
467
37 Ukraine
475
social context
483

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Page 22 - family": is a social group characterized by common residence, economic cooperation, and reproduction. It includes adults of both sexes, at least two of whom maintain a socially approved sexual relationship, and one or more children, own or adopted, of the sexually cohabiting adults.
Page 22 - The nuclear family is a universal human social grouping. Either as the sole prevailing form of the family or as the basic unit from which more complex familial forms are compounded, it exists as a distinct and strongly functional group in every known society.
Page 16 - I will stay in a group if they need me, even when I am not happy with the group.

About the author (2006)

James Georgas is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Athens.

John W. Berry is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Queen's University, Canada.

Fons van de Vijver is Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University and North-West University, South Africa.

Cigdem Kagitcibasi is Professor of Psychology at Koç University, Istanbul.

Ype H. Poortinga is Emeritus Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University and the University of Leuven.

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