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Identity Distress During the Era of Globalization: A Cross-National Comparative Study of India, China, and the United States

Berman, Steven L. et al.

Identity. Volume 14:Issue 4 (2014); pp 286-296 -- Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

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  • Title:
    Identity Distress During the Era of Globalization: A Cross-National Comparative Study of India, China, and the United States
  • Author: Berman, Steven L.;
    Ratner, Kaylin;
    Cheng, Min;
    Li, Shengnan;
    Jhingon, Garima;
    Sukumaran, Niyatee
  • Found In: Identity. Volume 14:Issue 4 (2014); pp 286-296
  • Journal Title: Identity
  • Subjects: Identity (Psychology)--Periodicals; Individuality--Periodicals; Personality development--Periodicals; Dewey: 155.2
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Abstract:

    In recent decades, globalization has become a growing concern for developing countries. Eastern countries in particular, who have traditionally adhered to group-focused interests and the development of an interpersonal sense of identity, have endured sweeping changes as Western values, opinions, and attitudes begin to pervade its younger generations. With the ease of connection that technological advances such as the Internet provides, late adolescents and emerging adults must negotiate between adopting an identity that is based on the traditional viewpoints of their local culture and adopting an identity that is consistent with the values of a global culture. In this study, the identity distress reported by 422 late-adolescent college students in India, China, and the United States was compared as it relates to the endorsement of individualistic and collectivistic value systems. Identity distress was found to significantly vary by country, with participants from China and India scoring significantly higher than those in the United States. Collectivism was associated with less identity distress in India and more distress in China. Reasons for this disparity are explored and questions for future research are discussed.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100027547771.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1528-3488; doi/10.1080/15283488.2014.944698
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 4362.450050
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100027547771.0x000001

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