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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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398090.003.0013
Authentic Self-Expression: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture

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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

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