Are Individualism and “Masculinity” Related When Controlling for Regional Proximity? A Reappraisal of Barry (2015)

Bain, Paul G. & Bongiorno, Renata (2015) Are Individualism and “Masculinity” Related When Controlling for Regional Proximity? A Reappraisal of Barry (2015). Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46(9), pp. 1226-1231.

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Barry recently attributed the non-significant relationship between the cultural dimensions of Individualism (IND) and Masculinity (MASC) to a suppression effect of regional differences. Pairing countries on regional proximity, he showed that a strong correlation between these cultural dimensions emerged. However, we point to significant issues with this analysis, including how countries were paired, ordered, and included/excluded, as well as in the cultural meaningfulness of regional proximity. Re-analysis of the data after addressing these issues shows that IND and MASC were not significantly related at a cultural level after controlling for regional proximity, nor after controlling for two other prominent geographic factors: latitude and climate demands. The weight of evidence suggests that IND and MASC are not correlated at a cultural level.

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ID Code: 87089
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: culture, values, individualism, masculinity
DOI: 10.1177/0022022115603126
ISSN: 1552-5422
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: The Author(s) 2015
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2015 01:14
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 13:01

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