Authentic Self-Expression: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture

Anjoo Sikka, Linda (Gratch) Vaden-Goad and Lisa K. Waldner

in Silencing the Self Across Cultures

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398090
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776900 | DOI:
Authentic Self-Expression: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Social Psychology


Show Summary Details


This chapter explores the portability of the self-silencing construct across a range of contexts and cultures. The authors present findings from their studies investigating correlations between depression, self-esteem, relationship adjustment, role taking, conflict tactics, and social class across diverse ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender. These studies included samples of ethnic minority college students; community samples of young club-going singles and female dancers; urbanites in western India; Pakistani and Indian women immigrants to America with arranged marriages; and community samples of gays, lesbians, and heterosexuals in committed relationships. The results of these studies demonstrate the multifaceted nature of the self-silencing construct, as well as its relevance to topics such as violence and high-risk sexual behaviors. The authors suggest topics for future investigations that grow out of their research.

Keywords: self-silencing; culture; sexual orientation; high-risk sexual behaviors; gender; interpersonal violence; silencing the self scale

Chapter.  10766 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.