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Gender and cross-cultural differences in somatic reactions to stress


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Lukačić, Tea. (2017). Gender and cross-cultural differences in somatic reactions to stress. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Jokić-Begić, Nataša].

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The aim of this study was to see whether there are gender-specific and cultural patterns in the physical reactions to stress. As researches confirm the existence of gender differences in stress reactions and cross-cultural differences in relation to the body, we expected that gender differences appear in both cultures, but also that the members of different cultures differ from each other in stress reactions. The study included 204 men and women and 264 young men and women (adolescents) from the Indonesian region Bojonegoro and 157 young men and women (adolescents) from Croatia. For the purpose of cross-cultural comparisons, the results obtained in adult Croatians were taken from an unpublished work from Višić Lina (2014). We measured physical reactions to stress with silhouette (simple drawings of the human body) where participants had to mark the parts of the body where they feel stress reactions. The results confirmed the expectations. Gender differences in the position and frequency of occurrence of stress reactions proved to be in the sample of adults and adolescents in both cultures. Further cross-cultural comparisons showed that Croats feel stress in more body parts while the Indonesians feel stress consistently more in the head. Also, we found differences in position and frequency of occurrence of stress reactions among cultures.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: stress, somatic reactions, gender differences, cross-cultural differences
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Jokić-Begić, Nataša
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 15:48
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2018 15:48

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