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Examining Self-Advantage in the Suffering of Others: Cross-Cultural Differences in Beneficiary and Observer Justice Sensitivity Among Chinese, Germans, and Russians
Wu, Michael Shengtao1,2; Schmitt, Manfred3; Zhou, Chan4; Nartova-Bochaver, Sofya5; Astanina, Nadezhda6; Khachatryan, Narine7; Han, Buxin2
2014-06-01
Source PublicationSOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH
ISSN0885-7466
SubtypeArticle
Volume27Issue:2Pages:231-242
AbstractOther-related concerns for justice are fundamental components of morality and interpersonal behaviors. In this paper, we investigated macro/cultural and micro/individual differences in justice concerns for others. More specifically, beneficiary sensitivity (BS) and observer sensitivity (OS) were compared across China as a typical collectivist society, and Germany and Russia as two individualistic societies. Individualism-collectivism was assumed to mediate the cultural variance of BS and OS. In Study 1, Chinese participants exhibited more BS but less OS compared to German participants. In Study 2, the Chinese participants exhibited more BS but not significantly different OS compared to Russian participants. Moreover, collectivism mediated this cultural difference in BS but not OS. In Study 3, collectivist participants identified according to their proposals in social value games exhibited more BS than did individualistic participants, while the two groups revealed no significant difference in OS. Taken together, our studies consistently show that higher collectivism both on the cultural and individual levels is related to BS but not to OS, suggesting that collectivist values make people sensitive to self-advantage in comparison to the suffering of others.
KeywordJustice sensitivity Beneficiary Observer Collectivism Chinese
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Language英语
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/14256
Collection中国科学院心理健康重点实验室
Affiliation1.Xiamen Univ, Sch Journalism & Commun, Xiamen 361005, Fujian, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Mental Hlth, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Beijing Provinc, Peoples R China
3.Univ Koblenz Landau, Dept Psychol, Landau, Germany
4.Beijing Normal Univ, Sch Psychol, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
5.Moscow State Univ Psychol & Educ, Dept Clin & Special Psychol, Moscow, Russia
6.Moscow Humanitarian Econ Inst, Voronezh Branch, Moscow, Russia
7.Yerevan State Univ, Dept Personal Psychol, Yerevan 375049, Armenia
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Wu, Michael Shengtao,Schmitt, Manfred,Zhou, Chan,et al. Examining Self-Advantage in the Suffering of Others: Cross-Cultural Differences in Beneficiary and Observer Justice Sensitivity Among Chinese, Germans, and Russians[J]. SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH,2014,27(2):231-242.
APA Wu, Michael Shengtao.,Schmitt, Manfred.,Zhou, Chan.,Nartova-Bochaver, Sofya.,Astanina, Nadezhda.,...&Han, Buxin.(2014).Examining Self-Advantage in the Suffering of Others: Cross-Cultural Differences in Beneficiary and Observer Justice Sensitivity Among Chinese, Germans, and Russians.SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH,27(2),231-242.
MLA Wu, Michael Shengtao,et al."Examining Self-Advantage in the Suffering of Others: Cross-Cultural Differences in Beneficiary and Observer Justice Sensitivity Among Chinese, Germans, and Russians".SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH 27.2(2014):231-242.
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