Affective interpersonal touch in close relationships: A cross-cultural perspective

Sorokowska, Agnieszka and Saluja, Supreet and Sorokowski, Piotr and Frackowiak, Tomasz and Karwowski, Maciej and Aavik, Toivo and Akello, Grace and Alm, Charlotte and Amjad, Naumana and Anjum, Afifa and Asao, Kelly and Atama, Chiemezie S. and Atamturk Duyar, Derya and Ayebare, Richard and Batres, Carlota and Bendixen, Mons and Bensafia, Aicha and Bizumic, Boris and Boussena, Mahmoud and Buss, David M. and Butovskaya, Marina and Can, Seda and Cantarero, Katarzyna and Carrier, Antonin and Cetinkaya, Hakan and Chabin, Dominika and Conroy-Beam, Daniel and Contreras-Graduno, Jorge and Varella, Marco Antonio Correa and Cueto, Rosa Maria and Czub, Marcin and Dronova, Daria and Dural, Seda and Duyar, Izzet and Ertugrul, Berna and Espinosa, Agustin and Esteves, Carla Sofia and Guemaz, Farida and Hal'amova, Maria and Herak, Iskra and Hromatko, Ivana and Hui, Chin-Ming and Jaafar, Jas Laile Suzana and Jiang, Feng and Kafetsios, Konstantinos and Kavcic, Tina and Kennair, Leif Edward Ottesen and Kervyn, Nicolas O. and Khilji, Imran Ahmed and Koebis, Nils C. and Kostic, Aleksandra and Lang, Andras and Lennard, Georgina R. and Leon, Ernesto and Lindholm, Torun and Lopez, Giulia and Manesi, Zoi and Martinez, Rocio and McKerchar, Sarah L. and Mesko, Norbert and Misra, Girishwar and Monaghan, Conal and Mora, Emanuel C. and Moya-Garofano, Alba and Musil, Bojan and Natividade, Jean Carlos and Nizharadze, George and Oberzaucher, Elisabeth and Oleszkiewicz, Anna and Onyishi, Ike Ernest and Ozener, Baris and Pagani, Ariela Francesca and Pakalniskiene, Vilmante and Parise, Miriam and Pazhoohi, Farid and Pejicic, Marija and Pisanski, Annette and Pisanski, Katarzyna and Plohl, Nejc and Popa, Camelia and Prokop, Pavol and Rizwan, Muhammad and Sainz, Mario and Salkicevic, Svjetlana and Sargautyte, Ruta and Sarmany-Schuller, Ivan and Schmehl, Susanne and Shahid, Anam and Shaikh, Rizwana and Sharad, Shivantika and Siddiqui, Razi Sultan and Simonetti, Franco and Tadinac, Meri and Ugalde Gonzalez, Karina and Uhryn, Olga and Vauclair, Christin-Melanie and Vega Araya, Luis Diego and Widarini, Dwi Ajeng and Yoo, Gyesook and Zadeh, Zainab Fotowwat and Zat'kova, Marta and Zupancic, Maja and Croy, Ilona (2021) Affective interpersonal touch in close relationships: A cross-cultural perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47 (12). pp. 1705-1721. ISSN 0146-1672, DOI

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Interpersonal touch behavior differs across cultures, yet no study to date has systematically tested for cultural variation in affective touch, nor examined the factors that might account for this variability. Here, over 14,000 individuals from 45 countries were asked whether they embraced, stroked, kissed, or hugged their partner, friends, and youngest child during the week preceding the study. We then examined a range of hypothesized individual-level factors (sex, age, parasitic history, conservatism, religiosity, and preferred interpersonal distance) and cultural-level factors (regional temperature, parasite stress, regional conservatism, collectivism, and religiosity) in predicting these affective-touching behaviors. Our results indicate that affective touch was most prevalent in relationships with partners and children, and its diversity was relatively higher in warmer, less conservative, and religious countries, and among younger, female, and liberal people. This research allows for a broad and integrated view of the bases of cross-cultural variability in affective touch.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Touch behaviors; Affective touch; Interpersonal behaviors; Cross-cultural psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 12:46
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2022 12:46

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