Cross-Cultural Studies of Personality, Attitudes and by Christopher Bagley, Gajendra K. Verma

By Christopher Bagley, Gajendra K. Verma

A set of essays pioneering new innovations in cross-cultural psychology according to the paintings of Philip E.Vernon, a pioneer of rigorous idea construction and cautious technique. It contains empirical experiences on aboriginals in Canada and babies in Japan, India, Jamaica and Britain.

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As I have mentioned, interesting and interpretable differences were revealed between the Thai children and their British controls. This was certainly useful, since with children so young only projective tests could have been administered. The reason that G analysis is proposed is that the results from it, in clinical psychology, do suggest that it is a method that can allow proper quantification of projective tests and these (despite their limitations which have been discussed) have potential in cross-cultural psychology.

Kline, P. (l97Sa) 'Supernatural beliefs among Indian University students', Journal of Social Psychology, 97, 291. Kline, P. (197Sb) 'Problems with the Pinmen Test in South India', Psychological Studies, 20, 1--6. Kline, P. (1977) Cross-cultural Studies and Freudian Theory, in Warren, N. ) (1977) Chapter 2. Kline, P. (1979) Psychometrics and Psychology, London: Academic Press. Kline, P. and Barrett, P. (1983) Factors in Personality Questionnaires Among Normal Subjects, Oxford: Pergamon Press. Kline, P.

I shall summarise the conclusions briefly under headings and then proceed to an examination of the consequences of these conclusions. 1. The noted unreliability and lack of validity of projective tests is accepted. 2. Problems with cultural specificity of visual stimuli in particular are accepted. 3. Differences in perception of pictures among different cultural groups are accepted. 4. It is agreed possible that some cultures are not visually-oriented. 5. However projective responses to ambiguous stimuli, such as Rorschach cards, and more free projective tests such as the house-treeperson test (despite its educational demands) may be usable.

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