Social sharing of emotional experiences in Asian American and European American women

Suzanne H. Park, Leslie R. Brody, Valerie R. Wilson

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Abstract

The present study investigated the relationships among ethnicity and social sharing of traumatic experiences in a sample of 88 East Asian and 88 European American women. Participants were asked to write about a traumatic experience for twenty minutes and then to rate how upsetting the experience was, how often they thought about it, how often and to whom they had previously disclosed the experience, as well as the perceived appropriateness of sharing the experience with different target audiences, e.g., friends and family members. The results indicated that Asian Americans reported speaking to others less frequently about the traumatic event and sharing it with fewer individuals, and tended to be more likely to share the event with friends than with family members when compared to European Americans. Asian Americans also reported thinking about the upsetting event less frequently than European Americans even though both groups reported that the events were equally upsetting. The more upsetting events were, the more often they were shared in the European American group, but there was no relationship between how upsetting events were and the degree to which they were shared in the Asian American group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802-814
Number of pages13
JournalCognition and Emotion
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul 21

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Park, Suzanne H. ; Brody, Leslie R. ; Wilson, Valerie R. / Social sharing of emotional experiences in Asian American and European American women. In: Cognition and Emotion. 2008 ; Vol. 22, No. 5. pp. 802-814.
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In: Cognition and Emotion, Vol. 22, No. 5, 21.07.2008, p. 802-814.

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