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How does culture influence the degree of romantic loneliness and closeness?

Title
How does culture influence the degree of romantic loneliness and closeness?
Authors
Seepersad S.Choi M.-K.Shin N.
Ewha Authors
신나나
SCOPUS Author ID
신나나scopus
Issue Date
2008
Journal Title
Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
ISSN
0022-3980JCR Link
Citation
vol. 142, no. 2, pp. 209 - 216
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
A culture promoting a strong desire for romantic relationships can greatly influence feelings of romantic loneliness and of closeness. In this study, the authors hypothesized that when not in a romantic relationship, U.S. young adults experience greater degrees of romantic loneliness because of a high desire for romantic relationships, compared with Korean young adults. The authors also predicted that when in a romantic relationship, U.S. young adults experience greater closeness to their romantic partner than do Korean young adults. Results revealed that in a sample of 227 U.S. and Korean students, U.S. students reported significantly higher levels of romantic loneliness than did Koreans when not in a romantic relationship and significantly lower levels of romantic loneliness when in a stable romantic relationship. U.S. students also reported a greater degree of closeness in romantic relationships than did Korean students. The results suggest that Western cultures' strong emphasis on the importance of romantic relationships may unduly amplify individuals' levels of loneliness. Copyright © 2008 Heldref Publications.
DOI
10.3200/JRLP.142.2.209-220
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