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Cultural influence on the acceptability of lying in an intergroup situation

Humrich, J. (2014) Cultural influence on the acceptability of lying in an intergroup situation.

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Abstract:The current study examined differences between German ( N = 62 ) and Chinese college students (N = 66) concerning acceptability and morality of lying in an intergroup situation. The design was a mixed design with nationality and condition as between subject’s factors and type of lie as between subject’s factor. Participants answered an online survey and rated 12 scenarios about lying varying in type of lie (white lie vs. self-serving lie). The target of the lie was manipulated and depending on the condition written with a typical Chinese or German name. Ratings included the acceptability and the morality of lying in different situations. It was investigated, whether the condition, the type of the lie and nationality had influenced the two dependent variables. Results show, that the manipulation had no influence on the acceptability of lying. There was a main effect of the factor type of lie found and an interaction of nationality and type of lie. Results were interpreted with regard to the cultural background of participants (collectivism & individualism) Finally, findings were discussed with regard to other current theory and research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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