Lazar Stankov

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In this article we report on an attempt to replicate the findings from the GLOBE (House et al., 2004) study that utilized measures of perceived social norms. This study was based on N = 6938 participants from 33 countries. Four out of nine original dimensions were identified: Humane Orientation, Uncertainty Avoidance/Future Orientation, Power Distance and Gender (Non)Egalitarianism. At the country level, these factors correlated reasonably well with the original GLOBE scales. We report profiles of means for all countries and for nine world regions. For the four perceived social norms, the percentage of total variance — i.e., effect size based on eta-squared statistics and hierarchical linear modelling decompositions — attributable to cross-cultural differences is .20. This effect size is larger than those reported for measures of personality traits and values (Stankov, 2011).


Institute for Positive Psychology and Education

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