A cross-cultural comparison of privacy definitions and functions: A systems approach
UNSPECIFIED. (1998) A cross-cultural comparison of privacy definitions and functions: A systems approach. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 18 (4). pp. 357-371. ISSN 0272-4944Full text not available from this repository.
As a further step in developing a systems model of privacy, variables involved in the process of achieving a condition of privacy were examined cross-culturally. Subjects were students from Ireland, Senegal and the United States. Striking commonalities were found in the reasons why subjects required privacy, the affect that was associated with a desire for privacy, the definition of privacy as a condition of the person, the duration of the average privacy experience and the change in affect at the completion of the experience which supported the suggestion that privacy has a therapeutic effect. Within culture, variability was associated with age, gender and in the case of Senegal, with income. Between culture, variability was hardly noticeable. The majority of the subjects in each culture believed that not being disturbed was the most important element of privacy and grief, fatigue and need to focus were the main affective sets associated with seeking privacy. It is believed that several universals have been identified which may be used in later research, and that the study supports a systems-based model of privacy. (C) 1999 Academic Press.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY|
|Publisher:||ACADEMIC PRESS LTD|
|Official Date:||December 1998|
|Number of Pages:||15|
|Page Range:||pp. 357-371|
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