The social readjustment rating scale: A cross-cultural study of Malaysians and Americans

Woon, Tai Hwang and Masuda, Minoru and Wagner, Nathaniel N. and Holmes, Thomas H. (1971) The social readjustment rating scale: A cross-cultural study of Malaysians and Americans. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 2 (4). pp. 373-386. ISSN 0022-0221, DOI

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Two hundred sixty-six Malaysian medical students were compared with 195 selectively matched Americans on the Social Readjustment Rating Questionnaire. There was a remarkable concordance (Spearman's rho ranged from. 97 to. 91) between the Malaysian and American samples as well as between discrete subgroups in the Malaysian sample in the manner in which they established a relative order of magnitude to changes in life events. Some interesting and profound differences resulting from cultural variations were also observed. Attitudes of the Malaysians toward infringement of laws, the idea of romantic love and thus relationship between spouses seem to differ significantly from the American sample. Malaysians scored significantly higher on items pertaining to personal habits, religious activities, attitudes toward work, and financial security. Differences among Malaysian subgroups (race, religion, sex, year of medical class, and generation Malaysian) were discussed. © 1971, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social readjustment; Malaysians; Americans
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr Jasny Razali
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2021 00:32
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 00:32

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