Submission Title

Examining Sources of Culture-mismatch: Can Marginalizing Situations Cause Behaviors to Deviate from Cultural Norms?

Session Number

SS7

Location

Weyerhaeuser 303

Abstract Number

SS7-c

Abstract

The culture-match hypothesis states that those whose personalities and values match the norms of their immediate and broader environment are likely to be mentally healthier than those whose values do not match (Fulmer et al., 2010). In terms of the psychological consequences of being in a cultural environment that is mismatched with one's personality, we propose two questions: Is culture-mismatch associated with the risk of becoming marginalized? If so, can marginalizing situations cause a cultural mismatch in values and behaviors? Previous studies have responded to the first question by measuring the risk of marginalization based on individual dispositions. This study addresses the second question by randomly assigning participants to imagining themselves in a marginalizing situation or a secure situation, followed by some of the measures of values and behaviors from the above studies. We hypothesize that the marginalized mindset will cause culturally deviant values and behaviors.

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Examining Sources of Culture-mismatch: Can Marginalizing Situations Cause Behaviors to Deviate from Cultural Norms?

Weyerhaeuser 303

The culture-match hypothesis states that those whose personalities and values match the norms of their immediate and broader environment are likely to be mentally healthier than those whose values do not match (Fulmer et al., 2010). In terms of the psychological consequences of being in a cultural environment that is mismatched with one's personality, we propose two questions: Is culture-mismatch associated with the risk of becoming marginalized? If so, can marginalizing situations cause a cultural mismatch in values and behaviors? Previous studies have responded to the first question by measuring the risk of marginalization based on individual dispositions. This study addresses the second question by randomly assigning participants to imagining themselves in a marginalizing situation or a secure situation, followed by some of the measures of values and behaviors from the above studies. We hypothesize that the marginalized mindset will cause culturally deviant values and behaviors.