Are there cross-cultural differences in emotional processing and social problem-solving?

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Authors: Kwasniewska, A., Thomas, K. and Baker, R.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/21337/

Journal: Polish Psychological Bulletin

Volume: 45

Issue: 2

Pages: 205-210

DOI: 10.2478/ppb-2014-0026

Emotional processing and social problem-solving are important for mental well-being. For example, impaired emotional processing is linked with depression and psychosomatic problems. However, little is known about cross-cultural differences in emotional processing and social problem-solving and whether these constructs are linked. This study examines whether emotional processing and social problem-solving differs between Western (British) and Eastern European (Polish) cultures. Participants (N = 172) completed questionnaires assessing both constructs. Emotional processing did not differ according to culture, but Polish participants reported more effective social problem-solving abilities than British participants. Poorer emotional processing was also found to relate to poorer social problem-solving. Possible societal reasons for the findings and the implications of the findings for culture and clinical practice are discussed.

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Authors: Kwasniewska, A., Thomas, K. and Baker, R.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/21337/

Journal: Polish Psychological Bulletin

Volume: 45

Issue: 2

Pages: 205-210

eISSN: 1641-7844

ISSN: 0079-2993

DOI: 10.2478/ppb-2014-0026

Emotional processing and social problem-solving are important for mental well-being. For example, impaired emotional processing is linked with depression and psychosomatic problems. However, little is known about crosscultural differences in emotional processing and social problem-solving and whether these constructs are linked. This study examines whether emotional processing and social problem-solving differs between Western (British) and Eastern European (Polish) cultures. Participants (N = 172) completed questionnaires assessing both constructs. Emotional processing did not differ according to culture, but Polish participants reported more effective social problem-solving abilities than British participants. Poorer emotional processing was also found to relate to poorer social problem-solving. Possible societal reasons for the findings and the implications of the findings for culture and clinical practice are discussed.

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